Dry Chenin Blanc (<5g/l or up to 9g/l if TA <2g/l lower) (Single malted) Barrel fermented/barrel matured/wooded (staves, chips or wood rice) 2020
Nose: After the slightest whiff of smoke, a dizzying array of Manuka honey, prickly spice and bourboneque red liquorice takes over.
Palate: This melt-in-the-mouth malt has the most profound flavours crashing in like waves. At first, the delivery feels sublimely silky and studded with oak-like honey. And just when you think you’ve savoured it all, you are surprised by a hefty second wave of spice. This is followed by a cloudy, smoky feel that coats the roof of the mouth and leaves a tidal wave of dry molasses, peaty soot and a degree of copper in its wake.
Finish: Bold has a light finish with a tinge of copper slowly making its presence known. You can also sense a gorgeous smoked mocha shaped by delicate and intricate spices.
Paul John Bold pairs well with blue Cheese as well as an aged Cheddar or Gruyere. Will stand up well to game and smoked meats as well as seafood such as Mussels and Oysters.