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