Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen Op Hout 2018

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen Op Hout 2018

 

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Mulderbosch
Chenin Blanc Steen Op Hout 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : South Africa
  • Region : Stellenbosch
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 12,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Chenin Blanc

Mulderbosch was the first producer in the country to successfully create a barrel-fermented style of Chenin Blanc. The ‘Steen op Hout’ quickly garnered an avid following and has since become synonymous with the variety for its charm and accessibility.

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 90 2015
RP Robert Parker 88 2015
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 89 2011
WE Wine Enthusiast 88 2011
More information on wine critics and ratings

Vineyard:

There are two Chenin Blanc vineyards at Mulderbosch: one a trellised vineyard with some modifications to the top fruiting wires which expose the canopy to sunlight, and the other a dryland farmed bush vine block. The balance of our fruit for the ‘Steen op Hout’ blend is sourced from vineyards in Stellenbosch, mostly on soils derived from decomposed granite, and with high gravelly clay content. The vineyards vary in age from five years old to 35 years old. Significantly, they are all within a range two to eight miles from the Atlantic Ocean at False Bay, and as such are strongly influenced by a maritime climate, which plays a crucial role in the
ultimate wine's freshness and poise.

Winemaking
Vinification was kept simple, a proportion was barrel fermented in 1,500 litre French oak foudres and a selection of neutral 500 litre oak with natural yeasts, followed by malolactic fermentation. The remaining proportion of fruit was fermented with a selected neutral yeast in stainless steel, this portion did not undergo malolactic fermentation to retain the crisp natural acidity. 40% of the blend was matured in large, neutral oak barrels and foudres for six months.

Tasting Note:

A vibrant and fresh expression of Chenin Blanc. Aromas of fresh pear, ripe apricot and subtle oak spice lead to a firm texture with a beautiful fine crisp line penetrating the length of the palate supporting flavours of ripe Granny Smith apples and cinnamon spice. A great match with Asian style lightly spiced prawns and sesame toast.

Chenin Blanc is the Cape’s signature variety and they have the largest planting of this variety in the world. In 1996, Mulderbosch was one of the very first producers in the Cape to ferment Chenin Blanc in barriques. The resultant wine garnered an avid following and Mulderbosch has since become synonymous with the variety. Read more

James Suckling (JS) : 90 Points (2015)
Clean and fresh nose of fennel and dill. Balanced palate with a pleasant texture. Fresh and delicious.

Robert Parker (RP) : 88 Points (2015)
Nov 2015 - Neal Martin - The 2015 Chenin Blanc (Steen Op Hout) is sourced 70% from Stellenbosch plus fruit coming in from Elgin. Apparently, it is the ripest Chenin Blanc in years and there are plenty of tropical fruit on the nose with dried pineapple, mango and freshly squeezed lime. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity that is necessary to counter the fresh pineapple and orange zest fruit. The 10% barrel fermentation lends a touch of almond towards the finish that perhaps just needs a little more sustain. Otherwise, this is a lively and vivacious Chenin Blanc.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 89 Points (2011)
May/June '13 by Stephen Tanzer - Pale yellow. Musky peach, spices and flowers on the rather delicate nose. Saline, supple and easygoing, with a nice touch of fruit sweetness and very good palate presence. Finishes broad, spicy and dry. An excellent value in chenin blanc.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 88 Points (2011)
Young and fresh, this Chenin shows the stuffing to hold for another couple of years thanks to firm, tight acidity and a solid fruit core of pear, melon, guava and lime rind. The mouthfeel is round, but the palate isn’t heavy. An attractive hint of sweet spice unfolds on the finish.

Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2016
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2016
Mulderbosch
Faithful Hound 2016
DCT
92
JS
90
RP
90
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound celebrates the virtues of Bordeaux’s great tradition of blending. The goal with each bottling of Faithful Hound is to produce a rich, complex wine that comfortably expresses old world class and the generosity of fruit associated with the Cape.
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Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Mulderbosch
Sauvignon Blanc 2018
WS
89
RP
87
JS
90
Since its maiden vintage in 1992, Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc has consistently been held in the highest esteem by wine critics across the globe. It has cemented itself as a benchmark for New World Sauvignon Blanc and is subsequently celebrated for its longevity, finesse and true varietal expression.
20,90 €
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Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Block W 2017
Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Block W 2017
Mulderbosch
Chenin Blanc Block W 2017
RP
93
WS
93
We search for distinctive, exceptional vineyards that represent the soils and climate in which our grapes are grown in order to create Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc. We have developed relationships with several vineyards possessing unique qualities worthy of capturing as singular expressions of their site.
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Mulderbosch
Cabernet Franc Single Vineyard 2016
RP
89

The Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc is sourced from a vineyard on the Mulderbosch farm where it thrives on the free draining ‘koffieklip’ soils of the Southern slopes of Stellenbosch Kloof, 12-odd kilometres from False Bay. We’ve been carefully assessing one particular vineyard for consistent quality worthy of a single vineyard bottling: Block 9B.

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Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen Op Hout 2018 Reviewed by James Suckling 17-04-2020 . Score: 4