David Finlayson Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2016
93 pts Wine Spectator 10/15/18
Intense, featuring rich waves of melon, fig, pear and yellow apple fruit that glide throughout, inlaid with warm brioche, hazelnut and heather notes. Shows a honeyed edge but keeps a sense of freshness, with hints of honeysuckle and green almond on the finish.
This is a combination of grapes from the second oldest vineyard of Chenin Blanc in South Africa, planted in 1947, and another 55 year old bush vine vineyard. The wine was made with the absolute minimum intervention and to allow the old vines to express the true flavors of the site and variety with as gentle a human touch as possible.
The wine has an unmistakable minerality and the salty, Umami flavor on the palate that can only be found when vines have struggled for decades to make their mark in the soil. This wine signifies something truly special to me as a winemaker and is part of my journey in life and wine in South Africa, hence the name, Camino Africana, “The African Way.”
All grapes were hand picked from two vineyards of bush vines planted in 1947 and 1961, pressed whole bunch and then fermented with natural yeast in older French oak barrels. Sulphured after primary fermentation to prevent MLF, followed by 11 months maturation on the lees.