Elemental Bob - The Rupert Chenin Blanc - 2017

Ever since tasting the Tinta Barocca I’ve been pretty excited to get this delivery from Elemental Bob. I couldn’t wait to pop one of the 3 Chenins in the boxes! Two of which are from the beautifully designed My Cosmic Flower range. I'm really keen to compare this Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc to the Darling Chenin.

Elemental Bob The Rupert Chenin Blanc 2017

The Wine:

Pale lemon with a medium nose of nectarines, white peaches, blossoms, lemon verbena and honey.

Dry, medium- body with high acidity. The acidity is just right...enough to add zest and excitement, but not dominate the wine. Followed by a beautiful balance and softness as it fills your mouth. And ending in those little bursts of acidity that like to hide behind your gums, coming to the fore to liven up the finish. Lemon, stone fruits, steely slate, and a touch of bitter almond oxidative flor-like quality on the finish that gives it a sophisticated complexity.


Balance (1) + Length (½) + Intensity (1) + Complexity (½)  = A good wine 

Drink now, but potential for further ageing.

Final Thoughts:

The timing of this delivery could not have been better...less than a week later all alcohol distributions were banned as South Africa went into Covid-19 lockdown....leaving us with only the wines on our shelves. It's a strange time where I find myself drinking wine earlier in the day.

Even stranger in that winemakers aren't even allowed to transport their wines for export. I believe we're the only wine producing country who has enforced this lockdown on alcohol transportation. 

Luckily, I have a healthy stash of delicious Elemental Bob wines to keep my entertained.

And for those of you wondering: nope, we didn’t do another street corner wine deal! ‘Twas a civilised parking lot exchange.

Find the Wine:


Click here to read about the Elemental Bob My Cosmic Hands 2015Elemental Bob My Cosmic Hand Pinot Noir 2015, Elemental Bob The Graveyard Tinta Barocca 2017, and Elemental Bob Retro Series Pinot Noir 2017.

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