SA is blessed with an abundance of fine Chenin-based blends. These are the wines that have made the world sit up and take notice of us. They are also partly the reason behind the extraordinary new-wave success of local Chenin Blanc. Competition in this market has become fierce but one of the finest additions of late is the wonderful Beaumont New Baby 2016.
‘The first release of this judicious cuvée of Chenin, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon and Colombard is a revelation: fresh, zesty and smoky, with subtle spice and thrilling palate length. Bravo!’ – Tim Atkin MW on the maiden 2015 vintage, 95/100
Produced in small volumes the 2016 New Baby follows on from the highly-rated 2015 maiden release. To our mind the 2016 is even better and, after tasting it late last year, we just had to secure some. This wine is a multifaceted gem. It’s layered and full of flavour, yet fantastically light on its feet with an abv of only 12,5%. It has finesse, a refined texture and is beguiling on the finish; coaxing the drinker back for more.
The 2016 is a blend of old vineyards – 35% Chenin Blanc, 19% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Sémillon, 18% Colombard and 10% Chardonnay – all vinified separately, blended soon after and raised in 400L French oak.
We only have a very small parcel available and is available online on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beaumont, New Baby 2016 – R 335
My dream was to create a white blend to partner the Vitruvian. The first name that came to mind was ‘New Baby’. I wrote this on the barrels and so the first vintage was born. The follow up 2016 vintage is a little more classic in style – not quite as voluptuous as the 2015, but with a precision and complexity of flavour that draws you into the wine. – Sebastian Beaumont, Beaumont winemaker