Wine of the Month Focus:
The Flatrock Chenin Blanc 2023 from Rhebokskloof Estate
Rhebokskloof Estate, located in Paarl within the Western Cape, has successfully combined the heritage of Chenin Blanc with the essence of South Africa. The 2023 Flatrock Chenin Blanc from Rhebokskloof Estate is an exemplar of this combination.
Made from vineyards with granite-based soils, the 2023 vintage of Flatrock Chenin Blanc showcases a character that honours its origins. Upon first sniff, there’s an inviting aroma of green apple and lime zest, complemented by a hint of honeysuckle. Once you take a sip, your palate will be delighted by an array of flavours—from tropical fruits like pineapple and mango to nuanced undertones of wet stone and white pepper. The wine has a well-rounded texture, and its acidity provides balance, resulting in a lingering and lively finish.
What makes this wine truly special is its ability to age gracefully. Although it is delicious when young, it promises to develop into a nuanced and richer wine over time, much like a well-aged Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley.