Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012.
Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011
This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more refined and sophisticated.
Colmant Brut Chardonnay
Monday 30 January was the date of our second daughter’s birthday, Monday also half price night at French Toast. I drank quite a lot of this on that particular occasion…
A game changer. The same flavour intensity of the Columellas of the mid-2000s but much more focus and finesse.
Delaire Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Reserve 2010
A Bordeaux-style white blend which easily takes its place next to those from Cape Point Vineyards, Tokara, Steenberg and Vergelegen. Such a strong category and yet the punter seems to be unmoved…
Delaire Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009
Ernie Els CWG Auction Reserve 2010
Average price per case on auction: R3 063
Curves in all the right places.
Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2011
A wine of distinction. In every sense.
Mvemve Raats de Compostella 2009
Price: R650 (sold out)
Another game changer. Fully ripe but not crass or vulgar.
Nederburg Woolworths The Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache 2010
At least one good thing to come out of MasterChef SA.
Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet 2010
Merlot is in such disarray here that it’s sometimes difficult to conceive what might constitute a good example. A rare chance to drink benchmark Petrus 2001 courtesy of The White Club and I thought Mount Bullet wasn’t a million miles off…
Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2012
Liked it a lot when the Chenin Blanc Association showed it as part of a “Summer Chenin Showcase” in early October. Went on to win the white wine trophy at the SAA Wine Awards.
Villiera Monro Brut 2007
Wine of the show at the Five Nations Wine Challenge and 5 Stars in Platter’s. Proper recognition for one of Cap Classique’s prestige cuvées which has gone somewhat unheralded in recent times.