If intention of the consortium of businessmen who acquired Durbanville property Bloemendal some five years ago originally was a housing development, they’ve had a change of heart and are again focusing on wine production. In came Lombard Loubser from Waterford as viticulturist and general manager , Francois Haasbroek of Blackwater Wine as consultant winemaker and Colyn Truter previously of Rietvallei in charge of sales and marketing.
A tier of everyday drinking wines priced at between R65 to R75 a bottle appears under the new Waterlily label but the real excitement is the single-vineyard wines under the Bloemendal label proper. The property has long been known for its Suider-Terras Sauvignon Blanc and quite something to behold this 8ha block of bushvines planted in 1982. With the change of ownership, the entire farm suffered from some neglect and the Suider-Terras in particular is in need of rehabilitation – 2013 rendered some 230kg of fruit per hectare equivalent to a mere 1 000 bottles!
If Suider-Terras used to be a very striking, forceful wine, Haasbroek brings an entirely different vision to bear, this and the Sauvignon-Semillon blend known as Kanonberg and a Chardonnay being particularly fine and delicate. Tasting notes and scores as follows:
Bloemendal Suider-Terras Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Five and a half months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 100% new. White peach, granadilla, grapefruit but also a typical Durbanville herbaceousness – all very subtle and elusive. Pure and focused with arresting acidity.
Bloemendal Kanonberg 2013
70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon. Five and a half months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 100% new. Elderflower, lime and granadilla and attractive hint of vanilla. Pure fruit, creamy in texture, lovely bright acidity. Particularly elegant.
Bloemendal Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2013
Six months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 100% new. Lemon, subtle leesy note and carefully judged oak, bright acidity. Not too concentrated and nice crisp acidity means great drinkability.