Previously the winemaker at Boekenhoutskloof, Jean Smit has partnered with Canadian-born David Curl, the former owner of Château Gaby in Bordeaux, and South African-born Genevieve Hamilton-Brown to create the Damascene label. Jean Smit is a rising star in SA winemaking and certainly a winemaker to watch. They seek out unique vineyards and sites across the Western Cape winelands and have created an exciting, pitch-perfect set of wines which are placed amongst the finest in SA.
Damascene W.O Swartland Chenin Blanc 2022
“A blend of two mountainous Swartland vineyards planted as far back as 1979. An opening of lime leaf, oatmeal, apricot, crushed apple seed, and flint, gives way to sweeter elements of cling peach, mango, and pineapple pulp, as the wine warms in the glass. Likewise on the palate, this impressively textured old vine rendition starts out quite tightly wound; brimming with crisp, textured green apple skin and lime cordial, only to slowly soften into riper stone fruit notes. It manages all this without ever losing that intensely pure green apple acidity that runs through the core from front to back.” – Winemaker’s notes
“Grapes from two Paardeberg vineyards planted in 1979 and 1983 respectively. Tangerine, orange, peach, earth, ginger and other spice on the nose while the palate has good weight and snappy acidity, that intriguing bitter quality that this variety often shows on the finish. A little extra broadness compared to the previous vintage. Alc: 12.92%” – CE
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