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Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2022

Country: South Africa
Winery: Black Pearl
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
UPC Code: 858441006729
Awards, Reviews, And Other Notes:

90 points James Suckling

“Aromas of sliced pears, green apples, apricots and poppy seed. Medium bodied with crisp acidity and silky texture. Rather fresh fruited and focused with a refreshing finish. Sustainable.”

Winemaker Notes:

Mary Lou Nash & family relocated from New Hampshire in 1995 and taught themselves how to grow grapes and make wine. The 4.5 hectares of Shiraz (planted 1998) and 3 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon (planted 1999) are nestled between a parcel of extremely rare patch of Renosterveld (an indigenous flora) which is considered a World Heritage area. Since no white grapes are grown on this particular property, Mary Lou buys fruit elsewhere and produces this Chenin in a bright, fruit forward style, that’s easy to drink. Given that the region she’s from is quite warm (like Paso) it makes little sense to work with Sauv Blanc or Chardonnay – making Chenin Blanc not just the natural choice, but an early revenue generator, while the reds sit in barrel.