A full-bodied, complex Chenin that really shows the grape's potential in South Africa. The nose shows rich apricot and honey, subtle oak and a fine mineral character. The palate is rich and round with a long finish and with ripe fruit and vanilla oak in perfect harmony.
Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2017 edition review of Loire Dry Chenins (see blue link below).
An elegant, fully dry Loire Chenin from the Fiefs Vendéens appellation; whereas much of the Loire’s better-known Chenins originate from way upstream in the Touraine or Anjou-Saumur, this comes from just where the river spills into the Atlantic below Nantes.
Indeed, Domaine Saint-Nicolas is precisely why Fiefs Vendéen is known. Michon are biodymanic producers and the Hauts des Clous is the epitome of their art. It has a progressive intensity with great tension and freshness, apple and peach aromas, a very smooth texture and long finish. There are not many dry Chenins like this.
Intense, aromatic, tropical fruit flavours spiked with a wedge of orange peel and a sprinkling of baking spice.
Upfront tropical fruit, ripe pineapple, melon, peaches and honey flavours on the nose. Full and juicy palate with layers of ripe tropical fruit complemented by a long clean and crisp aftertaste.
Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2017 edition review of Natural Wines (see blue link below).
We have been on a mission to find out about Harry and his washing line but it would seem he is a man of mystery and has eluded us for the moment! We can however tell you about the delicious wine named after him.
Intellego Wines focus on making terroir driven wines from the Swartland with a very hands on approach in the winery and vineyards. The wines of Intellego are made using organic methods but do not yet carry an official organic certification. Jurgen Gouws, the winemaker at Intellego, has worked in many countries including Spain, France, New Zealand, Russia and South Africa. Since January 2015 he has concentrated on producing and renting vineyards for his winemaking venture at Intellego in Swartland, South Africa.
The grapes for "The Story of Harry" Chenin Blanc are harvested manually and the grape must is then fermented by malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels using only indigenous yeasts. This gives the wine a soft, rounded and rich, almost buttery flavour. The wine is then matured in old French oak for seven months before being bottled with no filtration or fining.