Road 13 Chip Off The Old Block 2018
MISSION HILL / MARK ANTHONY
This Chip Off the Old Block is an unassuming sort of pale lemon-straw colour, flecked here and there with green. Honeydew and kiwi offer faint but not cloying musk, but the wine’s aromas are always moving, to peach and honeysuckle, then Corn Pops, limeade, chlorophyll. Light and sleek for a Chenin, the fruit immediately skews on the palate towards green apple and pear, the grape’s hallmark acid biting down in the midpalate and holding firm. A chalky mouthfeel adds interest while florals dance around all sides of the tongue (I see you, Orange Muscat), and despite a hint of residual sugar the finish is totally dry, to the point that you smack your lips together, seeking the moisture that was there just a second ago. This leaner take leaves a bit of Chenin Blanc’s majesty unrealized for the sake of the mission, but the patio version of this remarkable grape does its job with aplomb.