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SPARKLEHORSE SPARKLING CHENIN BLANC 2019 Traditional method, WO Stellenbosch
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer KEN FORRESTER
This NEW in Vintages June 10th Flagship store exclusive is one of the best méthode champenoise releases I have tasted in quite some time. The fact that it has an attractive albeit rather flamboyant label and is 100% Chenin Blanc making me hesitant. Thankfully it is produced by Ken Forrester one of South Africa’s top producers. Quite frankly, it could be mistaken for a premium Champagne at three times the price. Bright medium straw colour with a very fine mousse and excellent effervescence. Complex, intense, very slightly spicy, ripe, citrus-tinged, ripe melon and lemon-apple meringue fruit with some gently toasty, minerally notes. Dry, medium bodied, well structured, intense, attractive, ripe, lemon-apple meringue flavours with a lingering, crisp, bright, brioche-tinged finish. Prior to tirage the wine aged for 8 months on lees and then 28 months in the bottle before being disgorged on November 21, 2022. It has 12% alcohol, 6.8 g/L total acidity and only 3.8 g/L residual sugar (almost a Brut Nature) with lot number L22325 on the back label. Blind tasted with Eugene Mlynczyk MW who awarded it 93-points. CSPC 32030
Type Sparkling Wine
Agent Nob Est
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Rating ***/***+(94 points)
Dry, Complex, Bright, Well Structured
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: Sparklehorse shows that Chenin Blanc can make very good base wine for a Cap Classique bubbly. Stylishly packaged and sold with Ken Forrester's customary flair, this has racy green aMade by pple and greengage fruit and well-integrated seven grams of dosage. Drink date: 2022-2025. Score - 90 (timatkin.com, South Africa Special Report 2022) Price $ 32.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - June 10, 2023
Cases bought 90 (6 bottles per case)

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