Hogan, Chenin Blanc 2016, Swartland, South Africa
Tasting Note: South African chenin blanc made in a very accessible and inviting style that pleases the senses.
Medium-intensity lemon in color, this wine has a medium-plus-intensity, aromatic nose of green apple, nectarine and blossom.
On the palate the off-dry, medium-plus-bodied chenin blanc is medium-plus in acidity with green, ripe-fruit flavors that are warm and inviting.
Bottle Note: Naturally fermented old bush vines. Produced and bottled by Jocelyn Hogan Wilson. 13 barrels total. “I threw the pearl of my soul into a cup of wine. I went down to the primrose path to the sound of flutes. I lived on a honeycomb” – Oscar Wilde. This layered, elegant wine is crafted from Swartland 40-year-old bush vine hand-picked and hand-sorted, gently whole bunch pressed. Ten months of aging in French oak barrels and natural fermentation contribute to its delicate nature. Attention to detail is a key component.
Importer: Broadbent Selections, Sonoma, California
Tasted: The Big, Wide Wonderful World of Grenache/Garnacha Education Session, Society of Wine Educators Conference 2018, Woodcliff Hotel, Rochester, New York
Tasting Date: August 17, 2018