Lourens van der Westhuizen, winemaker at Arendsig situated between Robertson and Bonnievale, is one of those producers who eschews submitting his wines to Platter’s. Is his kit worth seeking out? “Increasingly so” would be my answer, the Viognier 1000 Vines 2014 tasted most recently is particularly note-worthy.
This is a wine which packs a punch in the best possible sense. White and yellow peach plus flowers, honey and a subtle yeasty quality on the nose. Big but balanced on the palate with excellent fruit concentration offset by tangy acidity – it certainly has weight but it also has drive.
Some will say it’s hard work to drink but it’s not intended as an everyday quaffing wine. Others will say it’s not typical Viognier but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Plenty of character and good value at R100 a bottle.