Joostenberg in Paarl has been in the Myburgh family since 1876, today managed by fifth generation Tyrell and his wife Anette.
On Saturday, the launch of The Family Blend White 2012, the first bottling from Joostenberg to be officially certified as being made from organically grown grapes. A blend of 51% Chenin Blanc, 39% Viognier and 10% Roussanne, the wine underwent a spontaneous fermentation before spending five months on the lees in tank. Price per bottle: R59.50.
It’s clean and direct with good fruit concentration (including notes of white peach and pear) offset by bright acidity. Not overly perfumed, not trading off residual sugar, I liked it for its understatement. Score: 16/20.