2008 Graham Beck Chenin Blanc Gamekeeper's Reserve

Chenin Blanc

  • South Africa
  • Western Cape
Drink between 2009 - 2012 (Edit)
CT87.8 12 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • ikkaariainen Does not like this wine:

    October 30, 2016 - No score - 2nd bottle significantly more off / aged then 1st one about 6 weeks ago - went great into risotto though as cooking wine...

  • ikkaariainen wrote: 85 points

    September 22, 2016 - Recently acquired 4 bottles from our CC cellar restructuring sale. Very interesting wine - by far the oldest chenin blanc we have had. Not a bad QPR at all. This is still very drinkable but completely evolved into secondary flavors with little original fruit left and this bottle was also I believe slightly oxidized but not to the point of being flawed which added a separate interesting dimension as well. Golden amber color, good and somewhat thick textured mouth feel, fruit almost entirely gone and flavors are now almost entirely secondary flavors - clearly not originally meant to be held this long though. Off-dry nose of honey, honeysuckle and ripe peach with a corresponding and similar off-dry and somewhat sweeter then expected (not cloying or jammy at all, just initially expected this wine to be drier) flavor profile of honey, honey suckle, banana and pineapple. Interested in seeing if next bottle also slightly oxidized - if so may just designate last 2 bottles for cooking. Neutral on a recommendation given where this wine is which I think is clearly much further along then the winemaker intended - still a very interesting wine though.

  • drkara wrote:

    May 20, 2011 - Upfront tropical fruit, ripe pineapple, melon, peaches and honey flavours on the nose. Full and juicy palate with layers of ripe tropical fruit complemented by a long clean and crisp aftertaste.

  • QuidnuncWS wrote: 88 points

    December 23, 2010 - Good fuit with a little spiciness. Went really well with roasted brussel sprouts, apples and bacon.

  • wino_tim wrote: 88 points

    December 2, 2010 - Complex and distinctive, crafted in a lush, modern style with lots of spicy oak accenting yellow peach, poached pear, hazelnut, clove and floral aromas. Bright, oaky, and melon-flavored on the palate with well balanced acidity and a faint touch of oak tannin.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    March/April 2009, IWC Issue #143 (link)

    (Graham Beck Wines Chenin Blanc Gamekeeper's Reserve Coastal Region) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Richard Jennings
    5/6/2010 (link) 88 points

    (Graham Beck Chenin Blanc Gamekeeper's Reserve) Focused mineral, green fruit, green apple nose; medium-bodied, tart green fruit, mineral palate; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type White
  • Producer Graham Beck
  • Varietal Chenin Blanc
  • Designation Gamekeeper's Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country South Africa
  • Region Western Cape
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation n/a
  • UPC Code 699446000479

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (2%)
  • In Cellars 30 (50%)
  • Consumed 29 (48%)

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