Jaap-Henk Koelewijn, sommelier at Tokara restaurant in Stellenbosch, is a music nut. His take on the sudden rise to prominence after years of relative obscurity of American rock duo Black Keys? “They’re soft on the ear. Easy. The musical equivalent of Sauvignon Blanc”.
Much more to his taste is another American music pair The White Stripes (now disbanded). And wine counterpart? Perhaps Saskia 2009, the white blend which Tokara winemaker Miles Mossop makes as a side project, might be in the running as Koelewijn notes “backbone”.
Consisting of 71% Chenin Blanc and 29% Viognier, I noted white peach, spice, a hint of vanilla and an attractive leesy note on the nose and palate. It’s rich and textured, sweet on entry before a long, savoury finish. Lots of flavour intensity but perhaps not quite as punchy as The White Stripes. Score: 17/20.