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.
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