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Rall Wines


South Africa


Western Cape

Grape Variety:

Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Viognier

White, 2019

Tasting Note:

Arguably Donovan’s flagship wine, the Rall White 2019 is a total knockout. The blend of 68% Chenin, 28% Verdelho and 4% Viognier reflects the times and the move toward more precise, ageworthy whites. In the early days it was all about more textured wines, similar to older vintages of Palladius. 2017 was the first vintage where Chardonnay was omitted from the blend in favour of a higher proportion of Verdelho. “It is an amazingly versatile variety and my secret weapon. It pushes the acidity up by a gram at least and it doesn’t go through full malolactic, so it’s nice and crispy without losing texture.” The components are aged separately, in 500L barrels for the Verdelho and Viognier and used barrique for the Chenin. No new oak is employed at all. Clear crisp, more mineral and crystalline fruit vs the more rounded 2018, the 2019 displays notes of fresh lemon, pollen, apricot and salty spices. Lovely purity and focus, “the 2019 whites have a beautiful energy to them. It’s like 2017 and 2011 where the wines are compact in the beginning but will go on to be real stunners.” 8,355 bts.

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