The wine is named after a prickly pear grows in this old vineyard, often referred to as a Barbary fig, ficus or fiction; a barbary fiction: tales formed by the mariners of the age of exploration created a mystique about the terrifying places that lay beyond the edge of maps. These tales served to ‘make sense of’ and overcome the fear and danger of these new, shrouded places, often by contorting them into the incomprehensible.
Angus Paul Barbary Fictions Chenin Blanc 2022
The nose is rich in lemongrass, cut apple and yellow citrus. It has more of a deeper, heavier rumble than the high pitch of the Chenins that come from the other side of the Bottelary hill formation (those that face False Bay). The palate is crunchy like biting into an apple. Despite this, it is a round wine, with the freshness and breadth tugging each other in equal balanced directions.
“From a Bottelary vineyard of Chenin Blanc planted in 1972. The nose is currently shy – some reduction as well as citrus and peach before a palate that’s particularly taut and “nervy” – good concentration, bright acidity and a savoury finish. Shows great refinement. Alc: 13%” – 93/100 CE
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