On 12 February 2010, state-owned African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation submitted a public participation report to the Department of Minerals and Energy regarding its application for prospecting rights in the Stellenbosch Kloof area, the deadline for comment by affected parties being 9 March, less than a month later.
Land appropriation by the most indirect and subtle of means, affected farms including Jordan, Saxenburg and Zevemwacht. Key in thwarting the nefarious plot of AEMFC was a social media campaign orchestrated in large part by Gary and Kathy Jordan of Jordan Wines. “6 000 people voiced their objection by email, Twitter, Facebook and even fax inside three weeks,” related Gary at a lunch to celebrate saving the farm.
Two new wines with appropriately geological names launched at the same time. First, The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2009, 72% fermented in oak, 60% new and 40% second-fill and matured for eight months. The wine is rich and textured, currently quite shy on nose and palate but no doubt has a long life ahead of it. Terming it a “food wine” is not to damn it with faint praise; on the contrary, it really should not be treated as an aperitif and showed exceptionally well with on-site restuarant chef George Jardine’s smoked yellowtail. To be released within the month.
Secondly, The Prospector Syrah 2008, from a single west-facing block on the farm and fermented and matured for 16 months in a combination of French and American oak, 80% new. For me, the most accomplished Syrah from Jordan to date having fruit concentration that previous vintages have lacked. It easily had the structure to stand up to Jardine’s pan roasted blesbok and foie gras. Price per bottle: R106.50.