jamie goode's wine blog: Interesting South African Pinot Blanc

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Interesting South African Pinot Blanc

I don't think I've ever had a Pinot Blanc from South Africa before, but this is a really good one. It's from pioneering winery Flagstone's BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) project Ses'fikile (see more here and here).

Ses'fikile Folklore Pinot Blanc 2007 Western Cape, South Africa
This is a really interesting white wine made from underrated variety Pinot Blanc, with a little Sauvignon blended in, too. It has a fruity, bright yet creamy nose. The palate is soft with lovely texture and a smooth creamy richness to the pear and white peach fruit. It's broad, moderately aromatic and delicious - quite unlike any south African white I've tasted before. 90/100 (8 Marks & Spencer)

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16 Comments:

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Sounds interesting. I'll have to pick one up tonight.

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Did you get one Alex? I'd be interested to know your thoughts.

 
At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a good story behind it too - Black Female Empowerment et al.

JMac

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous IanB said...

That's very interesting. Jancis Robinson gave a couple of other Ses'fikile wines a favourable review a little while back. Sounds like a good excuse to give this one a try this weekend...

 
At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Yes, but I didn't have any last night. Hope it doesn't mind 20hrs in the fridge...

 
At 7:04 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Just tried some and I like it! It's got a very classy texture - a bit Rhoney in that regard. Not as peary as most Italian versions but very tasty and a decent mineral streak - no way would I guess it was from South Africa. The price is pretty good. I could imagine paying 9 without being too disappointed. So in my scoring system I'd give it 88-89.

We had a good Italian Pinot Grigio from CostCo the other day (Kellerei Kaltern)

 
At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Doh! Dunno where I got the idea it was Pinot Gris/Grigio. It's definitely got more in common with Pinot Blanc and other wines from Collio and that sort of area.

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for the comments - Alex, glad you liked it - it does taste like Pinot Blanc, as opposed to Pinot Gris - I'm tempted to try to track down some serious Alsation Pinot Blancs (e.g. Boxler) after drinking this.

 
At 8:33 PM, Anonymous ianb said...

Well, I've just bought mine. I've also just noticed that M&S have a wine promo on (25% off), so if its half as good as people say, then 6 per bottle for a case of six sounds like a good deal to tempt me. Plus they are offering free delivery over 30.

On the Pinot Gris thing, aren't both grapes mutations from P. noir? If so, you might expect some family resemblance.

Ian

 
At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Good point about the 25% off (I presume it's online only) just bought some more...

 
At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

No doubt it is reasonable value for money,but does it compare with Palladius,Cape Point SB,Rudera Robusto chenin etc etc?
Maybe I am a little sensitive,but I just get the impression that some of you here think the Cape cannot make outstanding white wine.

 
At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Keith, I can see why one might regard Jamie's wording as somewhat unfortunate. "delicious - quite unlike any south African white I've tasted before" sounds as though he's never had a delicious cape white before. Perhaps the "-" should be substituted by "and"?

I've had plenty of delicious SA whites. think the white Vergelegen qualifies for excellent/outstanding as does Palladius (which also scores for originality, along with wines like **** - sorry I've forgotten it's name). You can add to that Hamilton Russell Chardonnay (but only in a good year and at the right age), Cape Point SB, Steenberg reserve SB and a couple of other SB's to get wines that rate over 90, but I've not had any truly "World Class" whites that I'd give an unqualified "outstanding" (or rate at 95/100 or more). There are a couple of reds that I feel merit it, but maybe the whites aren't really trying (not sure if there are any much over 30, which is the bare minimum of what one has to pay to get those kinds of scores elsewhere in the world)

 
At 6:52 AM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

Yes I agree that the Cape does not yet have a world class white wine,but then not many countries do IMHO.
Just wait for the Mullineux white wine!!!

 
At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Yes, I suppose so. Outside of "old World" Europe, there are probably only about 3 or 4 countries that could muster a white wine at the at level. I'm thinking USA, Canada, Australia (just) and New Zealand (just).

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

When I said I haven't had an SA white like it, I mean in terms of style - I've certainly had some very impressive South African whites before.

Didn't want to give the impression that this is the first decent SA white I've tried.

 
At 9:43 PM, Anonymous gabriel said...

Had a bottle last night with roasted halibut and lentils and it was very nice - first time with this grape variety for me, and my initial impression was that it's not dissimilar from Albarino - but it did need to be kept well chilled. As it warmed up it became a bit flabby.

BTW I paid 8.50 at my local M&S, not 8.00.

 

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