To round off August and women’s month in SA, let’s talk about a wine from someone I’ve not yet featured...but who has always been one of my favourite faces to spot at any wine event. You know those people who instantly make you feel at home? That's Kiara!
The colour is a clear sign of oak, with a glorious nose of spiced pears, yellow apples, peaches, vanilla, the creamy filling to almond croissants, nutmeg, honey and salinity.
Dry, fuller bodied, high but balanced acidity, and a long finish that introduces chamomile. The intensity of the aromas and flavours is undeniable. The reserved oaking is the kind that makes you appreciate the complexity that it adds. I headed straight to the kitchen to make the most of this melange of flavours: creamy artichoke and spinach pasta...dotted with anchovies, capers and lemon zest.
Vini + Viti:
Chenin from Paarl, whole bunch pressed, fermented with natural yeasts in 500 litre French oak (25% new), and 80% completing MLC. Aged on the lees for 10 months, lightly filtered, and bottle aged for 9 more months before release.
Kiara Scott must be one of the friendliest winemakers out there...always ready with a smile...always far more humble than her winemaking belies. She is a winemaker to keep your eye on because she is surely destined for greatness.
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