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Rusden Christian NV 2014

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Variety
Chenin Blanc
Current Release
2016
First Vintage
1998

Chenin Blanc. Hand Picked. Basket Pressed. Barrel Fermented and matured in French oak.

Tasting Notes

> 2016 Tasting Notes

A warm lead up to vintage with very little rainfall saw the Chenin Blanc picked a little earlier than usual, fresh vibrant and zippy example with lower alcohol than previous vintages (11.7%). Hints of Orange blossom, lemon zest and oyster shell on the nose, lovely palate weight and texture leads to a clean dry finish. Minerals and lemon curd dominate the palate.

> 2015 Tasting Notes

The Chenin cropped quite well this year and has produced a fresh, dry white with great citrus and stone fruit notes. 6 months on lees has developed its complexity with classic banana notes, followed by fresh tropical fruit and crisp acidity.

> 2014 Tasting Notes

With a low yield and early harvest, the 2014 Chenin Blanc is at its mouth-watering best, loaded with tropical fruits and fresh pear. Basket pressing the fruit and aging in new and seasoned French Oak for 5 months provides lovely balance and complexity. With excellent natural acidity, it displays a rich and focussed palate with a crisp, dry finish.

> 2012 Tasting Notes

This year the vines cropped even less than last year and ripened quite well. The addition of a new French oak barrel to the mix and 12 month in barrel before bottling has produced a richer, more complex style. It is typical, once again, of dry Vouvray character with tropical fruit and banana lolly backed up by a rich, textural mouthfeel. Excellent natural acidity makes for a clean, dry finish.

> 2011 Tasting Notes

This year the vines cropped a bit less than the last couple of years and ripened quite well. This Chenin Blanc is more subdued on the nose than last year but has great structure and length on the palate. Very Vouvray sec in style.

> 2010 Tasting Notes

The Chenin this year had an above average yield which drew the ripening out longer than the past couple of years. The nose is jumping out of the glass at the moment, with a big focus on tropical fruits. At 10.5% alcohol it has plenty of natural acid which gives it a great structure and a gorgeous, seamless palate.

> 2009 Tasting Notes

Due to drought conditions in the 3 years leading up to this vintage, the Chenin Blanc set a small crop for 2009, which has produced quite an intense version. It is typical of a dry Vouvray with tropical fruit and banana lolly characters and restrained natural acidity. It is slightly riper than 2008 due to a short heat spell just before vintage. One of the best for the bananarama lovers.

> 2008 Tasting Notes

Gifted with an amazingly cool ripening period, this years Chenin is a bomb. It has all the hallmarks of great Vouvray, banana yeast characters, wild tropical fruits and perfectly balanced French oak savouriness. It impressed me so much that I bottled some in magnums to ensure its super longevity.