Edgmond Wines

Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2018

£19.95

Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
Region: Swartland and Botrivier
Production: 6,000 bottles
ABV: 12.9%
Drink: Now to 2028

Product Description

Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
Region: Swartland and Botrivier
Production: 6,000 bottles
ABV: 12.9%
Drink: Now to 2028

Since the maiden vintage in 2011 Koggelbos has been made in an oxidative and minimum intervention style. The 2018 was created by the fusion of Chenin Blanc grapes from two very individualistic yet surprisingly similar regions. The Botrivier and Swartland appellations both feature eclectic combinations of shale and sandy-loam soils. Both are dependent and greatly influenced by prevailing cooling maritime winds, and their rolling hills are home to lush wheat fields, ample-sized Dorper sheep and luxuriant vines. The Botrivier component (55%) was made from 37-year-old vines in two parts. A quarter part was fermented on skins and some stalks. After fermentation, it was matured in a 600 litre Zeppelin PVC Egg. The rest was pressed as whole bunches, settled overnight and transferred to Zeppelin Eggs for fermentation and aging on the lees. The Swartland component (45%) was made from low-yielding 36-year-old Paardeberg vines. The grapes were destemmed and pressed into a cement egg and “ancient” 300 litre French oak barrels.

‘Consisting of 50% Swartland fruit vinified by Meyer and 50% Bot River vinified by Visser, the nose shows peach, naartjie, spice and some leesy complexity. The palate is rich despite a modest alcohol of 12.5% – lovely mouthfeel and texture, coated acidity and a finish that is bitter in the best sense. Layers of flavour and well balanced, this is super stuff.’ 95 points Christian Eedes.