The nose shows tropical notes with melon, guava, and underlying citrus characters. Palate is fresh, clean and vibrant. Textural mid palate flows through to finish with nashi pears, guava and lime. Excellent acidity. Perfect summer drinking, especially with seafood.
A warm lead up to vintage with very little rainfall saw the Chenin Blanc picked a little earlier than usual, fresh vibrant and zippy example with lower alcohol than previous vintages (11.7%). Hints of Orange blossom, lemon zest and oyster shell on the nose, lovely palate weight and texture leads to a clean dry finish. Minerals and lemon curd dominate the palate.
The Chenin cropped quite well this year and has produced a fresh, dry white with great citrus and stone fruit notes. 6 months on lees has developed its complexity with classic banana notes, followed by fresh tropical fruit and crisp acidity.
With a low yield and early harvest, the 2014 Chenin Blanc is at its mouth-watering best, loaded with tropical fruits and fresh pear. Basket pressing the fruit and aging in new and seasoned French Oak for 5 months provides lovely balance and complexity. With excellent natural acidity, it displays a rich and focussed palate with a crisp, dry finish.
This year the vines cropped even less than last year and ripened quite well. The addition of a new French oak barrel to the mix and 12 month in barrel before bottling has produced a richer, more complex style. It is typical, once again, of dry Vouvray character with tropical fruit and banana lolly backed up by a rich, textural mouthfeel. Excellent natural acidity makes for a clean, dry finish.