2020 Angus Paul Wines Hespers (375ml)
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2020 Angus Paul Wines Hespers (375ml)

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Hespers 2020
W.O. Western Cape. Chenin Blanc. Straw Wine.

Nectar, Estus, Golden Orbs of Hesperia.

This excruciatingly small production bottling currently uses two very old vineyards. One on Karibib farm in Polkadraai. The other, a block on the Groenberg in Wellington.

The grapes were hand picked at normal ripeness to retain freshness of fruit before being dried on mats in the Stellenbosch sun for six weeks until almost 50% of their moisture was lost, concentrating the flavour, sugar and acid.

The grapes were then pressed for four days to extract the maximum amount of juice before fermenting for six months in glass demijohns.

Immediately apparent is the striking golden colour of the wine followed by delicately grapey aromas backed up by a pronounced punch of  confected fleshy white peaches, honey blossom, lemon peel and guava.

The palate is decadently sweet perched perfectly on a tightrope of acidity with flavours of crisp but ripe green apple, pineapple, rose petal, brioche and baked peaches and pears
This is a very good wine that can be drunk now but will continue to evolve and improve with upwards of 30 years of careful cellaring.
Serve in a medium sized  tulip shaped white wine glass with rich umami driven dishes like smoked chicken country terrine on brioche toast with candied orange rind. Or, delicately sweet fruit based desserts like pear tart tatin. 

Tasted 12 April 2021 by Esmé Groenewald


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