South African Wines (May 8, 2003)
Last July I wrote about an exciting South African winery called Bowe
Joubert Vineyards & Winery located in the Vlaeberg Valley near Stellenbosch
in the Cape. The wines are imported by Darcy Sutherland, who has been
back to South Africa to discover some new gems. They are available through
the consignment warehouse program in case lots.
Here are my notes on wines I tasted.
Hoopenberg Chardonnay 2001 (Stellenbosch)
Golden colour with a nose of warm hay, melon and white pepper. Full-bodied
and drier on the palate than the nose suggests, with a caramel and toast
finish and vibrant acidity. Imagine a white Burgundy with California ripeness
in the fruit.
****˝ (2002 vintage will be available)
Clos du Ciel Chardonnay 2000 (Stellenbosch)
Golden colour; Burgundian style nose of apple, undergrowth and hints of
barnyard; full-bodied with a sweet core of butterscotch; mouth-filling
with a burnt sugar finish.
**** (60 cases coming)
Bonfoi Merlot 2001 (Stellenbosch)
Deep ruby colour; cedar, vanilla, blueberry and blackberry aromas with
a smoky note; richly extracted, well balanced with a tannic lift on the
Annandale Cavalier 1999 (80% Cabernet Sauvignon/20% Shiraz)
Deep ruby-purple colour; mature nose of plum, smoke and cedar. Medium-bodied,
acidic and rather green (young vines?)
Camberley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2001 (80% Cab/20% Merlot)
Dense purple colour; smoky, cedar and blackcurrant nose; firmly structured
with lovely focused fruit and an engaging floral grace note; well balanced
and elegant yet powerful.
**** going to ****˝ with a couple of years of bottle age
Carisbrooke Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 (Stellenbosch)
Ruby colour; blackcurrant and plum with a minty note; medium-bodied, fruity,
red licorice flavour with a eucalyptus note; good length, soft tannins
Hoopenberg Merlot 2001 (Stellenbosch)
Dense purple; cedar, ripe blackcurrant, chocolate; full-bodied, sweet
fruit, powerful and firmly structured with a chunky mouthfeel. A little
hot on the finish
Hoopenberg Shiraz 2001 (Stellenbosch)
Dense purple; warm, generous nose of plums, vanilla with an iodine and
bitter chocolate note; full-bodied with great extract, minerally, sweet
blackberry flavour with a smoky edge, good acidity.
Boschkloof Syrah 2001
$24.95 (coming August – September)
My favourite wine of the tasting. Dense purple colour; cedar, blackberry,
smoke with distict rose petal perfume; sweet concentrated blackberry and
dark chocolate flavours, full-bodied and fleshy yet firm. Well balanced
and great architecture with a coconut note on the finish (American oak).
The wines are imported into Canada by D. S. Sutherland International
(email@example.com; Tel: 416-494-8690, Fax: 416-494-0060).