{wine} About heritage and heroes: Nederburg’s The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2018

Because winter is the perfect time for warming, spicy dishes, it’s also a great time to enjoy a bold, deeply fruity Chenin Blanc. Nederburg‘s The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2018 is the perfect way to curb the cold.

Introduction

Nederburg’s reputation as South Africa’s most awarded name in wine is no cause for complacency. A shared sentiment among their wine masters is that “Curiosity is key to forever discovering new ways of doing things better (https://www.nederburg.com/)”.

At Nederburg, Chenin Blanc offers the winemaking team an incredible opportunity to innovate and experiment with various styles and grape sources. “A very responsive variety, Chenin blanc will give back in the bottle what the winemaker has put into it, in terms of the vineyards and the cellar,” says assistant white winemaker, Jamie Williams.

The Nederburg cellar team is currently fermenting some of the top-quality Chenin fruit of the 2020 harvesting season in Amphora (clay vessels). The eventual wine is meant for Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes The Anchorman Chenin Blanc (wooded) 2020. The wine is named for Nederburg’s founder, Philippus Wolvaart, who bought the farm in Paarl in 1791 and planted Chenin blanc, amongst other varietals.

Heritage Heroes

This innovative collection of handcrafted wines from specific vineyards honours some of the exceptional people who played an integral part in shaping Nederburg’s success story through the centuries.

The Anchorman Chenin Blanc pays homage to Nederburg’s founder, Philippus Wolvaart, who established the estate in 1791 and planted the first Chenin vineyards, amongst others.

Background

I first tasted The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2018 during a visit to the Nederburg estate during one of their Black Friday events. I fell in love with the label and story long before those apricot drops touched my palate.

I remember standing in the dark, cool recesses of the cellar, with an incredible silence surrounding me, as I tipped the glass skyward. It was one of those moments that you can relive by smell or taste; a simple way to transport you back to that first sip. I bought a few bottles with the intent of cellaring them. Needless to say, they didn’t make it past the following weekend. I was utterly and completely besotted.

A stunning bottle in all aspects, I was incredibly pleased to receive another bottle recently from Nederburg. A lovely reminder of just why I loved this Chenin Blanc so much.

Nederburg’s The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2018

Tasting notes:  ripe fruits, especially apricots and white peaches. As the wine opens up, floral and citrus notes become more prominent, together with hints of spice.  A crisp acidity and a creamy texture.
In the vineyard:  the fruit for this wine was sourced from old, low-yielding
vines in Paarl and Darling. 100% Chenin Blanc grapes.
In the cellar:  this wine consists of four differently vinified components. After fermentation, the various components were kept on the lees for nine months prior to final blending and bottling.
Cellaring potential: five to seven years
Cellar door price:   
approx. R190 a bottle, available online or from the estate

The Little Hedonist‘s food pairing suggestion: I instinctively wanted to pair something spicy with this incredibly expressive Chenin Blanc. Unable to wait a minute longer (never mind mature for a further five years!) I built an Asian-inspired meal around this bottle, hoping to capture that luscious full-mouth feel in the dish.

I settled on a vegetarian Asian broth, enriched with egg noodles and a pantry of fresh vegetables. A selection of Asian greens, such as chinese spinach and cabbage as well as baby pak choi formed the foundation for this broth, which you build through adding layers of flavour. A few red chillies, celery, spring onions, carrots and a tangy tomato base all formed part of this dish as I endeavoured to add complexity. I also added a few subtle hints of soy, garlic and fresh ginger.

Topped with fresh herbs, it was delightfully zingy and perfectly complimented the deep fruity aromas of this wooded Chenin Blanc.

The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2018 is also delicious with fish, poultry, mild Cape Malay dishes, veal, pasta and salads.

In conclusion

There’s just something about The Anchorman Chenin Blanc that keeps it particularly close to my heart. Maybe it’s because of the centuries-old fingerprints that envelop the bottle, or the tales captured inside. Maybe it’s simply the mix of craftsmanship and the ode to the roots of Nederburg that makes this such an exceptional wine.

Thank you, Nederburg, for reminding me of my love for this stunning bottle, and for indulging me with your stories once again!

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own.

The Little Hedonist endorses responsible drinking.
Don’t drink and drive. Not for persons under 18.

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