The 2015 Patatsfontein offer has been our fastest selling Chenin Blanc offer to date and we expect the 2017 Steen to be gone in seconds. The latest 2017 release shows Reenen Borman’s accomplished hand and ever-increasing skill. As he gets to know this vineyard, his astute winemaking and keen aesthetic elevates this 2017 single vineyard to near-Burgundian refinement.
The Patatsfontein Steen 2017 is a unique wine from an old single vineyard situated 600m above sea level in the Montague mountains and planted on Karoo slate and shale. This vineyard is fast developing a cult following and for good reason. Tasting some of the older vintages, it is clear that these wines evolve beautifully and, from 2016 onwards, they are more chiselled with an extraordinarily long, refined finish. A must for the fine wine enthusiast. Buy it and lay it down for 2 – 3 years before broaching.
While waiting for your few cherished bottles of Steen to mature, it is certainly worth getting to know this terroir by enjoying the earlier-drinking, more approachable Patatsblanc 2017. Like the Steen, this Colombard-based blend is produced from vineyards grown on Karoo slate. These unique soils add a fine spiciness and fynbos-like character to the Patatsblanc as well as a distinct saline finish to both wines. Raised in a top-end Stockinger barrel, the 2017 is more focused with a fresher acidity and is just astounding at this price.
Patatsfontein, Patatsblanc 2017 – R 155
A blend of 66% old vine Colombard and 34% Chenin Blanc. Produced from various parcels and matured in large Stockinger Austrian oak. This wine very much speaks of its terroir with a delicious fruit weight that follows through to a textured and saline palate. – James Pietersen (March 2018)
Patatsfontein, Steen 2017 – R 315
The idea of a named vineyard (lieu-dit), or in this case a single vineyard, is the epitome of fine wine and only discovered through time and experimentation. The South African wine industry is on a path to unearth fine single vineyards by discovering old, forgotten parcels. One such discovery is this magical vineyard in the Montague mountains. This is a gem of a wine; it is ever collectable and needs time to be fully appreciated. The 2017 shows a lovely balance between fruit concentration and austerity – sometimes Loire-like and sometimes sunny and full with white stone fruit that leads on to a long, saline Burgundian-like end. This is remarkable stuff. – James Pietersen (March 2018)