Mulderbosch has released the 2018 vintage of its highly regarded Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout, the 22nd vintage, and the 23rd vintage of its Faithful Hound.
The Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout 2018 vintage celebrates a homecoming to its place of birth by being certified Wine of Origin Stellenbosch. Roughly 40% of the wine was fermented in neutral French oak for six months before being blended with the remaining tank fermented portion.
This release comes on the back of the highly regarded and highly awarded 2017 vintage, a Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2018 winner!
As everyone knows, chenin blanc is South Africa’s “national superhero”, with one out of every five vines in South Africa planted to it. It is deeply entrenched in Mulderbosch’s DNA. Also entrenched in this Stellenbosch estate’s DNA is a desire to produce wines that have fruit purity and are deliciously fresh and refreshing, and that make the perfect partner to a variety of foods. None are more versatile than chenin blanc.
The Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2016 (right) marks the 23rd vintage release of this Stellenbosch based classic.
Winemaker Adam Mason says: “As a result of the season’s warm conditions and soil water deficit, 2016 turned out to be an extremely early vintage. The 2016 blend comprises 33% cabernet sauvignon, 20% cabernet franc, 19% merlot, 17% malbec and 11% petit verdot. A classic blend of noble red varieties, the wine displays both serious structure and delightful fruit making it approachable in its youth, but undoubtedly worthy of cellaring, where it will gain further dimension with age.”
The blend changes from vintage to vintage and there is no fixed formula. Mulderbosch is simply striving for the most delicious blend each year.
The Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2016 vintage recently scored a plucky 92 points in the Tim Atkin MW South African 2018 Special Report.