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20th July 2014


Fairview, Darling Chenin Blanc 2013, South Africa
South Africa makes some fabulous Chenin Blanc, especially those producers working with older, unirrigated bush vines. The Paarl estate of Fairview has gone north and towards the Atlantic coast to Darling, like Swartland, one of the trendy newer areas of the Cape for quality wine. And this is a beauty: this is not the richly-oaked and honeyed style of some of the top Chenins, but a much more lime-streaked, intense and vibrantly fresh interpretation. Yes, there is some nutty, mealy character from lees ageing, but really it is the core of lime, cut of acid and yet tiny floral notes of complexity that makes this appealing. Long, fruity, but incisive stuff. £9.50, Slurp.co.uk. Also £8.99 as part of a mixed six form Noble Green, but see all stockists on wine-searcher.

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