I will never forget the first time I tasted the 2018 Bosberaad from Paulus Wine Co. It was the 15th of September 2019 at the incredible Noble Vice Fest. This wine immediately became my new favorite Chenin Blanc.
Fast forward to the 2019 vintage, and I am still in love—aromas and flavors of lemon peel, lime flesh, and slightly green peach. There is a gorgeous linear salinity to this wine, and while the 2019 is more structured, it is still very fresh. There is a tart lemon candy vibe without the sweetness. This is a wine to sit and sip and share with good friends (although TBH I finished the bottle by myself...)
The winemaking duo, Paul and Pauline, have created a beautiful expression of Chenin Blanc from the Swartland. Both winemakers work with some of the biggest names in the South Africa wine industry. Pauline, a French winemaker who works with Adi Badenhorst, and Paul who is a South African winemaker for the coveted Sadie Family Wines.
The grapes come from the old bush vines of the Paardeberg growing on decomposed granite soils. The grapes are handpicked, and whole bunch pressed. They only produce around 1600 bottles per year, I bought a case, but I don't think that will last me until the 2020 vintage is released. I probably need to stock up on at least one more!