Boekenhoutskloof, Patina Chenin Blanc 2019
Region: Swartland, Costal Region, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Tim Atkin: 93 points
The nose is initially shy, yet very complex, offering subtle layers of citrus and stone fruit aromas, and whiffs of angelica, acacia flower and allspice. Flavours of lemon, yellow apple and nectarine follow through onto an elegant, balanced palate with delicate notes of greengage, papaya, yellow apple and passion fruit. The wine is light to medium bodied, with a smooth, fleshy texture and vibrant, integrated acidity. Lime zest, green apple and lemongrass linger on a clean, refreshing finish with hints of orange blossom, ginger and saffron.
The property is situated on the Riebeeksrivier Road, between Riebeek-Kasteel and Malmesbury and sits on the south-western slopes of the Kasteelberg. This pocket of the Swartland undoubtedly produces some of the finest grapes in the appellation. The soil types on Goldmine include Brown Schist, Blue Schist, Quartz along with deposits of Table Mountain Sandstone (weathered and washed from the Kasteelberg). The bedrock is deep Schist. Our experience of Goldmine and its soils results in concentrated, yet finessed, textured and well-structured wines. The name Patina is derived from its source. Relating gold prospectors with their mining pans and the patina that developed on their equipment over time.
One-third of the grapes fermented spontaneously in concrete eggs, while the second component was whole bunch pressed and then matured in seasoned French barriques and concrete eggs for 12 months. The third component was skin fermented and pressed off the skins halfway through fermentation then transferred to concrete our nomblot concrete eggs.