Thistle & Weed ‘Duwweltjie’ Chenin Blanc 2016
Thistle & Weed is the collaboration of two winemakers, Etienne Terblanche and Stephanie Wiid. Their maiden release and they’ve smashed it out the park with this rich, mineral and vibrant Chenin sourced from an old bush-vine vineyard (plagued by duwweltjie thorns) somewhere in Stellenbosch (they’re very cagey with the details, but with grapes this good, who wouldn’t be!). Free-run juice fermented and aged on lees in old barrels for 6 months, it tastes as delicious as the label looks beautiful. Available in limited quantities, it won’t last long – but good news is they’ve made a red blend too. Watch this space.