Johan Meyer makes some cool Swartland stuff on behalf of others but when it comes to his own wines, he uses Elgin Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Current releases reviewed below:
JH Meyer Signature Wines Chardonnay 2013
A third whole-bunch fermented, matured for 10 months in fourth-fill 500-litre barrels. Citrus on the nose and palate – great fruit expression and lovely bright acidity. Strikingly pure and unadulterated.
JH Meyer Signature Wines Pinot Noir 2013
100% whole-bunch fermented, matured for eight months in old 300-litre barrels and four months in tank. Dark cherry, a touch of earth and scrub. Slightly more fruit weight than 2012 but hardly powerful. Not without redeeming features but ultimately a bit awkward.