Had three interesting South African wines last night. Here are my notes. Two were served blind (Cartology and Blank Bottle).
Cartology 2013 Western Cape, South Africa
A blend of Chenin Blanc plus a bit of Semillon, from old bush vines. This is richly textured with a bit of spice and lovely bold pear fruit. It’s a generous yet fresh white with pear and ripe apple, showing good definition of flavour. Will develop nicely. 93/100
Pieter Walser is making some very interesting wines under the Blank Bottle label. Currently he harvests 50 tons from 35 different vineyards, producing a bewildering array of wines with unique and distinct labels. This wine is a blend of Carignan, Grenache noir and Mourvedre from the west side of the Swartland. It’s just 97 Rand in South Africa, which is about 6 of our English pounds!
Blank Bottle The Original Spaniard 2013 Swartland, South Africa
Bright, sweet and juicy with cherries, plums and berry fruits. Quite smooth and has some silky elegance, as well as a bit of fine leafy sappiness. Lovely focus here. 93/100
Kershaw Elgin Syrah 2012 South Africa
Sweet, bright and juicy with cherry and berry fruit, as well as some spiciness. It’s quite warm and spicy with a reductive edge to the cherry fruit. Supple and vivid with nice freshness and a bit of grip. Give it more time to harmonize? 91/100
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