Kloovenburg is one of the larger Swartland farms where wine production vies with table grapes, olives and figs for attention. First bottling was in 1998 and the wines were for a long time made in a broadly popular style, decent enough but rather unremarkable. More recently, however, owner Pieter du Toit has upped the ante with the renowned Rosa Kruger consulting as viticulturist and Jolandie Fouché, previously assistant at Saronsberg in Tulbagh, appointed as winemaker.
Of the wines that Fouché has had a hand in to date, the soon-to-be-released Riebeekberg Syrah 2016 is particularly noteworthy. Featuring 30% whole-bunch fermentation and matured for 10 months in older oak, the nose displays red fruit plus subtle and alluring notes of flowers, fynbos and dried grass. The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity, the tannins fine and subtle. It’s a pretty wine, not as dramatic as some of its fellow wines from the area, but certainly not insubstantial and a great pleasure to drink. Price: TBC.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
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