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Joostenberg Small Batch Collection new releases

Joostenberg Small Batch Collection new releases
Egghead wines.

Joostenberg in Paarl have been making some compelling experimental wines under the designation “Small Batch Collection” for a while now, the stand-out wines among the current releases as follows:

Joostenberg Small Batch Collection Kaalgat Steen 2016
Price: R148
From a 34-year-old Chenin Blanc vineyard. Fermented on the skins for five days and no sulphur added. Deep orange in colour. A somewhat shy nose with hints of floral perfume, ginger and other spice plus a little earthiness. The palate is light but flavourful (orange and apricot) with fresh acidity and an intensely pithy finish. Alc: 11.3%. Super geeky.

Editor’s rating: 89/100.

Joostenberg Small Batch Collection Mourvèdre 2016
Price: R148
“Dark, brooding, meaty and a bit wild” reads the label but this is a rather lovely version of the variety. Matured for 18 months in old oak. Red and black fruit, fynbos and flowers plus a little pepper on the nose. Medium bodied and well balanced – good fruit concentration, fresh acidity and gently grippy tannins. Alc: 13.5%.

Editor’s rating: 90/100.


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