The wines of Tobias, Swartland, South Africa
Impressive wines from Bryan McRobert's small but perfectly formed venture


Bryan McRobert

Bryan McRobert has a day job, working in Eben Sadieís cellar, but he also does a bit of moonlighting, making a few barrels of wine under his own Tobias label. Itís so healthy for a region when winemakers are doing their own home brew because it helps to make the scene more dynamic. It helps newcomers emerge even when they havenít got pots of cash, allowing them to build gradually. Credit to all wineries who permit or encourage their winemakers to do this.

Bryan makes 1000 bottles each of these wines and his first vintage was 2009 for the white, 2010 for the red.

Bryanís Tobias wines are brilliant, and seriously under-priced (when I was trying them they were 68 Rand each; they could easily keep company with 200 Rand bottles.) Thereís a Chenin Blanc and a red blend thatís mostly MourvŤdre. They are made naturally and are incredibly expressive. Tobias is a member of the Swartland Independent organization.

THE WINES

Tobias White Steen 2010 Swartland, South Africa
Lovely elegant, richly textured white with real elegance as well as some weight. Notes of pear, peach. Bold, full and soft textured with a real sense of elegance. 92/100

Tobias Red Mourvedre 2010 Swartland, South Africa
Mourv
Ťdre with a bit of Shiraz and some Cinsault. Supple, elegant nose is sweet with some cherry fruit and a pleasant green sappy edge. Superbly elegant, supple palate with fine cherry fruit and some spiciness. Expressive and fine. 94/100

THE SWARTLAND REVOLUTION
Part 1: Dinner at Callie's on the Porseleinberg
Part 2: Lammershoek  
Part 3: Photos of Lammershoek
Part 4: Intellego

Part 5: Testalonga
Part 6: Eben Sadie and a Columella vertical tasting
Part 7: Mullineux Family Wines
Part 8: Tobias/Bryan McRobert

Wines tasted 11/11  
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