After twenty years at Riebeek Cellars, Zakkie Bester is going it alone!
His first family wine, Bester Chenin, comes from a close friend’s 30-year old bush vineyard on east facing slopes. The soils are Glen Rosa with a good mix of weathered shale. The 2016 vintage was very healthy and dry, and the Chenin Blanc could be harvested at lower sugars for optimum ripeness. Fermentation was colder than usual to capture upfront fruit flavours. The wine was left on primary lees for over 30 weeks before it was racked and prepared to be bottled. Bester Chenin Blanc is the perfect wine to enjoy with summer food or as an aperitif on its own.
The wine offers uncomplicated quality for the novice and connoisseur alike. Packed with upfront tropical fruit, the aroma charms with an abundance of citrus, granadilla and gooseberries. These fruit flavours follow through on the palate, balanced by a crisp acidity and minerality to ensure a fresh, fruity style of wine with maturation potential.
The Riebeek Valley is a little piece of paradise, nestled on the slopes of the majestic and beautiful Kasteelberg Mountain. The rural atmosphere of this quaint valley, coupled with the beauty of the area, is the perfect getaway from city life, with the quirky & friendly locals adding an interesting flavour.
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