2017 Blouklip Steen, Lourens Family Wines, Piekenierskloof

From a 1977 Durbanville vineyard planted on shale, this is citrus and lifted, with notes of herbs and a hint of straw. Brilliantly balanced: complex and powerful.

Critic score
91/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2030
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    13.5%
2017 Blouklip Steen, Lourens Family Wines, Piekenierskloof

TASTING NOTES

The 2017 Blouklip Steen Chenin Blanc (the name translates as “blue rock,” a reference to the blue-tinged decomposed shale soils) comes from bush vines planted in 1977 in the Durbanville area. It offers a well-defined bouquet of orange pith, honeysuckle and light jasmine scents. The palate is very well balanced, crisply acidic and nicely poised, revealing a fine seam of mineralité that comes through on the finish. Nice and taut, this is a Chenin Blanc that should repay bottle age.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (August 2018)
91/100

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