Friday, 5 July 2013

Coriole The Optimist Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

Coriole The Optimist Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

The best grapes from the original planting of Chenin Blanc make their way into the final blend for the optimist and it is only released if the quality is deemed high enough. Since Coriole has started producing this variety, this is only the 6th version of the optimist. This wine takes so long to open out that even on day 5 it was tight as a drum. What stands out is the balance bewteen insane levels of acidity and the reserved flavours that are perched over the top. These flavours come in the form of crisp apples, spring flowers, unripe plum skin and toeasted vanilla beans. The mid-palate is bouncy and textural which adds to the whole enjoyment. Personall I wouldn't drink this dry chenin blanc now but I would stash a 6 pack for much later on.

Alcohol: 12.5%
Price: $35
Rated: 93
Drink: After it turns 15

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