Le Geminus 2010

April 20, 2012
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 5 Comments

One plus one equals three.

TOPS at SPAR is South Africa’s biggest national liquor retail chain with 517 stores. Yesterday a tasting of some of its private label wines led by group merchandise manager Mark Robinson and consultant Tinus van Niekerk:

Score: 18/20
Le Geminus 2010 – R159.95
52% Sauvignon Blanc, 48% Semillon. 17 month on the lees, Semillon matured in second fill barrels. Extremely complex nose showing subtle fynbos, white peach, green melon and black currant as well as a touch of oak-derived vanilla. Rich but not unctuous, driving acidity, bone dry finish.

Score: 16/20
Olive Brook Optimus 2010 – R129.95
100% Sauvignon Blanc, 15 months on the lees. Granadilla and pineapple aromas and flavours. Very rich and concentrated, creamy texture, moderate acidity. Opulent style.

Olive Brook Quintette 2007 – R159.95
35% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc. Ripe dark fruit on the nose and palate. Rich and full with moderate acidity and a smooth texture. Good but lacking distinction.

Score: 15.5/20
Olive Brook Chardonnay 2011 – R44.95
Unwooded. Citrus blossom and lime on the nose. Juicy and fresh with a long, dry finish. Elegant, Chablis-like.

Score: 14.5/20
Olive Brook Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2010 – R54.95
Light red fruit and subtle earthy note on the nose and palate. Relatively rich and textured, moderate acidity. Somewhat ponderous.

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  1. COLLIN NAICKERFebruary 8, 2016 at 10:27 amReply

    Good day. I need to find out the distributor of the Le Geminus wine in Durban.

    • ChristianFebruary 8, 2016 at 11:23 amReplyAuthor

      We suggest contacting TOPS at SPAR directly.

  2. Lauren PotgieterMay 11, 2012 at 4:36 pmReply

    Olive Brook Optimus is a fantastic wine, underrated in the market.

  3. ChristianApril 23, 2012 at 4:53 pmReplyAuthor

    Duly corrected. Many thanks.

  4. Tim JamesApril 23, 2012 at 3:50 pmReply

    “Quintette”, not Quintent….

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