We wholeheartedly agree with Christian Eedes’ 94-point score for the 2018 Rudi Schultz Skeleton Bay Chenin Blanc. It is indeed ‘beguiling’. Last week, we tried a bottle and were taken…

We wholeheartedly agree with Christian Eedes’ 94-point score for the 2018 Rudi Schultz Skeleton Bay Chenin Blanc. It is indeed ‘beguiling’. Last week, we tried a bottle and were taken with its complexity, verve and grown-up nature. It offers loads of intrigue at this astounding price.

Schultz Family Wines is the ‘own label’ of Rudi Schultz, the winemaker at Thelema in Stellenbosch since 2000. This release is from 2 parcels – a 43-year-old vineyard in Somerset West and a 58-year-old vineyard in Paarl. Whole bunch pressed, naturally fermented and raised in older oak, it is a fine wine offering complex and refreshing drinking. It impresses with notes of dried pineapple, sea breeze and fresh pear on the nose leading to a textured, mineral palate that is full, saline and wonderfully dry. It will age gracefully for a couple of years but why wait – stock up and try some soonest. We promise you’ll want some more.

Tasting notes:

Rudi Schultz, Skeleton Bay Chenin Blanc 2018
Matured in older oak for nine months. Grapes from two old bush vine blocks, one near Joostenberg and the other in Somerset West. A beguiling nose with top notes of blossom and herbs before lemon, naartjie and peach. The palate is light bodied yet simultaneously immensely concentrated with fresh acidity and a savoury, slightly bitter finish. Plenty of subtle intricacy. Alcohol: 12%. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

 

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