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Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2009 Wine Review

Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2009

Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2009

W.O., Paarl, South Africa

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 3

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Price: $17.95

Drink: 2009-2015

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Graham Beck

Agent: Vinexx

Natalie's Score: 89/100

Get out of your Pinot Grigio rut with South African Chenin Blanc and welcome yourself to a whole new world of pleasure. Lovely notes of white and green melon, white peach and lime. Zippy and refreshing.

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This Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2009 was reviewed on May 28, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

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Glenda rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Chenin Blanc is also known as Steen in South Africa where more of this variety is produced than even The Loire Valley in France. It is used for everything from generic, dry, white wines to age-worthy, premium wines to ambitious, sweet wines to brandy.
Graham Beck's Bowed Head Chenin Blance is one of the best expressions of this cultivar.
This is a complex, delicious, barrel fermented wine. It has the aging potential of about 10 years. The average age of the vines from which the fruit was harvested is 40 years.
2009 big-league player is an exercise in fruit concentration, tinged with botrytis-like dried apricots. Weighty, full & rich, from Agter-Paarl fruit, barrel fermented/8mths, 30% new oak. Should blossom further with time. Score: 4 ½ (out of 5) Source: Greg de Bruyn, Platter's South African Wine Guide

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