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VINS D'ORRANCE 11 CB "KAMA"
Item: #382029
Bottle Size: 750ml
WS: 90
$22.99
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VINS D'ORRANCE 2011 CHENIN BLANC "KAMA"

WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "The ginger, heather, peach and persimmon flavors are nicely melded, accompanied by a whiff of toasted brioche and almond on the finish. Lush, but defined and pure. Drink now through 2014."

This is as complex and rich a Chenin Blanc as we’ve had-- from pretty much anywhere. French in style, the South African terroir shows through brilliantly. A little bit about the process: for his white wines, all bunches are pressed, left for 24 hours to settle nicely, then racked straight into 225-liter Burgundian barrels where the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation will occur (this wine spent 9 months in 3rd fill French oak). All of Durand’s whites are kept on clean lees with regular battonage and soft filtration before bottling. The nose on Kama (transated from Sanskrit as ‘pleasure of the senses’) is kaleidoscopic: notes of wet stone, white florals, lemon grass, baking spices, stone fruits, a touch of petroleum and hints of creaminess captivated us. The palate was as deep with gorgeous, lush viscousity kept perfectly aloft with brilliant acidity. Flavors of white peach and mixed stone fruits, minerality, a touch of sweet spice balanced atop neutral oak, all seductively silky in texture, resolve in a flourish of flavorful depth, wondrous length and sated desires. Only 60 cases for USA.

People who sell French oak to wineries are incisive tasters and highly knowledgeable about winemaking. They have the rare opportunity to work with dozens of different houses and to taste many wines as informal consultants. So it wasn't so big a leap for Christophe Durand, who moved to Cape Town from France in 1995 to sell French oak barrels, to jump to the other side and become a winemaker. He bought a vineyard in the Simonsberg ward of South Africa's most famous wine area, Stellenbosch.

While Simonsberg’s Vins D’Orrance may be a relatively young wine estate, its French born owner and winemaker, Christophe Durand, certainly made the local wine fraternity sit up and take notice when one of his wines, the 2009 Cuvée Annais Chardonnay, was chosen to be served at the royal wedding of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. This “amazing” white wine was chosen as a tribute to Princess Charlene and her home country, and perfectly complemented the royal reception.
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