2015 Boschendal Sommelier Selection (Coastal Region)
Unwooded with good rich weight, concentration and length.
2015 Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch)
I'm often impressed with the Kleine Zalze's wines and this was no exception. Nicely balanced, richly textured mouthfilling fruit, powerful long finish but with some freshness at the end.
I preferred the Vineyard Selection to Kleine Zalze's Family Reserve, which also made the Standard top ten.
2015 Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc (Coastal Region)
Again a richly textured Chenin, long and powerful but also nicely restrained not blowsy. Its 14% alcohol is well balanced and doesn't show.
2013 Rijk's Private Cellar Chenin Blanc (Tulbagh)Showing well with a little bit of bottle age giving extra complexity with the ripe richness that characterised all of these South African Chenins.