Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie 2020

Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie 2020

Plus an exciting new wine from Stephanie Wiid & Etienne Terblanche

Young Gunners Stephanie Wiid and Etienne Terblanche burst onto the winemaking scene with Thistle & Weed in 2015 and received a Platter's 5-star award for their maiden-release Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc. Their subsequent vintages continued to receive high praise, with each small batch usually selling out before their next high score was dropped. They have just released a limited trio of excellent Chenins.

2020 releases

 

Having consulted with Alheit Vineyards, Sijnn and Damascene to name a few, Etienne is one of the most respected young viticulturists in SA. Is it because of this dedication to vineyard selection that we see such wonderful, transparent expressions of Chenin Blanc being crafted by the talented Stephanie; ex-Fairview. She is now solely committed to making the Thistle & Weed wines – and it shows. Their latest Chenins are exquisite expressions of three very distinct regions.

The 2020 Duwweltjie, from a heritage block in Paarl planted in 1961, has developed a strong following and is a touch more sophisticated in this new vintage. Multiple pickings have created a layered feel to the wine. It has a creamy texture, cut nicely with a fresh, clean acidity and has a more-ish, lingering stone-fruit weight to its dry finish.

The 2020 Brandnetel, from a high-altitude site in Stellenbosch, has intriguing notes of tart pineapple and green mango. The pointed acidity complements a flavour-packed mid-palate, supported by a linear and mineral core. With its focused precision, it is my favourite of the three.

To complete the trio, we have the exciting, new 2020 Springdoring from an old vineyard on the southern side of the Paardeberg. This is quintessential old-vine Swartland Chenin – perfumed, with poised fruit purity, leading on to a textured, long and savoury finish. Like all three, there's a refreshing salinity to it.

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