Jacques de Klerk is winemaker and viticulturalist at Radford Dale in Somerset West, but for the past few years he has been making miniscule amounts of edge-of-your-seats Chenin Blanc from a special old dry-farmed vineyard in the Swartland, planted in 1978 on pure, decomposed granite soils. In Jacques’ words, “Reverie represents everything I have learnt about terroir, Chenin Blanc, viticulture and natural winemaking”. The yield from this vineyard is tiny and production is small, with just a couple of hundred bottles of 2016 left, about a barrel’s worth in 2017, and half that in 2018. But in 2018 Jacques also made his first Pinotage, wholly carbonic maceration, and an epic, game-changing interpretation of the Cape’s ‘native’ grape.
A vibrant, light straw colour and gold rim indicates some time spent on skins, as does the subtle Buchu note on the nose. Fresh pear and wet stone aromas entice before a delightfully light entry. The wine widens into the mid palate, bringing exciting flavours of citrus and a prominent salty note. A touch of grip towards the finish helps to focus the wine into a long tapering finish.