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South African Find (July 26, 2002)

I've come across an interesting portfolio of South African wines, very reasonably priced for the quality, from a winery called Bowe Joubert.

Bowe Joubert Vineyards & Winery are located in the Vlaeberg Valley near Stellenbosch in the Cape. The 100 hectares of vineyards are mainly alluvial clay – loam soil in the lower lying parts and decomposed granite in the upper reaches.

Bowe Joubert Chenin Blanc 2001 ($12)
A a lightly oaked Chenin, medium straw in colour with a nose of quince; fresh on the palate with a ripe melon and pear flavour, full-bodied and fleshy, rounded out by the oak. The lively acidity gives it a long finish. Great value. (***1/2)

Chardonnay Emmerentia Cuvee 2001 ($18)
Straw colour; Burgundy-like nose – barnyard note, ripe apple, citrus, warm hay; rich mouth feel, tropical fruit flavours backed by zesty acidity; clean with good length and a toasty finish. (****)

Rosé 2001 ($9)
(50% Cinsaut, 40% Chenin blanc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Deep pink colour; strawberry nose, light and lean and somewhat dilute. Fades on the palate. (**1/2)

Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 ($17)
Deep ruby colour; cedar and vanilla on the nose with a good dollop of fruit – damson and currants and a hint of spice (from the French oak). Well extracted. Well balanced with supple tannins and good length on the palate. (****)

Cabernet/Merlot 2000 ($18)
Deep purple-ruby colour; an intriguing bouquet of vanilla, black cherry, plum and pencil lead; ripe fruit, full-bodied with a firm structure, finishing well with soft tannins. (****1/2)

(Prices quoted are wholesale licensee prices without 7% GST. Case lots only.)

The wines are imported into Canada by D. S. Sutherland International (suthn@interlog.com; ph: 416-494-8690).

 

 

 

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