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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)
$13.50
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)
$15.95
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)
$17.95
Deep ruby colour; cedar, vanilla, blueberry and blackberry aromas with a smoky note; richly extracted, well balanced with a tannic lift on the finish.
****

Annandale Cavalier 1999 (80% Cabernet Sauvignon/20% Shiraz)
$14.75
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)
$19.95
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)
(Not available)
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)
$16.50
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)
$15.50
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 (darcy@dss-intl.com; Tel: 416-494-8690, Fax: 416-494-0060).

 

 

 

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