Tuesday 22 February 2022

Tasting Wines At Divine

A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to taste some wines at Divine´s office.

2021 Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc, Thistle & Weed
These bottles of South African Chenin Blanc is really exciting. Different characters and very fine expressions of the grape.
From Paarl and from vines planted in 1961, this offers up a cool, grassy nose with notes of stringbeans, summer gravel and a hint of oil cloth. Very, very good.
The taste is racy and fine with notes of white flowers, ripening melon and grass. A very fine acidity. Lovely.
91p   (tasted 2022/02)

2021 Springdoring Chenin Blanc, Thistle & Weed
This comes from Swartland and is marked on the nose with white currants, dry grass and dusty gravel. The most restrained of the three. Needs time to open up.
The taste is young and tight with notes of dried grass, white currants, dried peach and gravel. A fine lenght. A tad closed. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2022/02)

2021 Brandnetel, Thistle & Weed
This Steelenbosch Chenin Blanc comes from a trial vineyard with 32 different rootstocks. The nose is earthy and strict with gorgeous notes of lime peel, cap gun smoke, grass and dried flowers. Very fine.
The taste is fresh and elegant with a racy character, a lovely acidity and a fine lenght. Great wine.
92p   (tasted 2022/02)

2021 Khakboi, Thistle & Weed
An unusal blend of Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Palomino and Fernao Pires. The nose is open and fine with notes of lemons, yellow apples, gravel and chrushed rocks. Very, very good.
The taste is cool and forward with fine yellow fruit, a good acidity and a fine mouthfeel, although not as expressive as the Chenin Blanc´s.
87p   (tasted 2022/02)

2019 Atlántico, Bodegas El Paraguas
85% Trejaduoro, 11% Godello and 4% Albarino. The nose is big and forward with notes of lemon cream, rubber shoes, warm grass and hot gravel. Upfront, fruity and yummy.
The taste is round and generous with notes of grilled lemons, yellow apples, minerals and Thai basil. Very, very good. A fine structure for medium ageing.
90p   (tasted 2022/02)

2020 Atlántico, Bodegas El Paraguas
The one year younger version displays the same characteristics as the -19 but with a smoky touch on the nose and it is a tad softer on the palate. Very, very good. 
89p   (tasted 2022/02)

2020 Dogliani San Luigi, Chionetti
Tasted a couple of months ago, this behaved the same on this occasion, great juice.
90p   (tasted 2022/02)

2020 Dogliani Briccolero, Chionetti
The Briccolero is tighter and leaner that the San Luigi, and needs more time in the glass but the blueberry fruit and the licorice, herbs and asphalt notes are first rate. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2022/02)

2018 Dogliani Vigna La Costa, Chionetti
Also tasted before, this is a world class wine that can be bought for a song, but please don´t tell, so that I can fill my cellar.
94p   (tasted 2022/02)

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