As the name might suggest, the Ingenuity tier of wines from Nederburg has always been less about terroir and more a vehicle for the winemaking team to display both their technical nous and creative flair and a so-called Spanish Blend now joins the established White and Italian Blend.
Tasting notes and scores for new vintages as follows:
Ingenuity White 2013
33% Sauvignon Blanc (Darling), 19% Chardonnay (Durbanville), 18% Semillon (Philidelphia), 10% Chenin Blanc (Darling), 6% Roussanne (Swartland), 6% Viognier (Darling), 6% Verdelho (Coastal) and 2% Gewürztraminer (Stellenbosch). Partial wood fermentation and ageing. Very expressive on nose and palate – a floral top note before lime, lemon, grapefruit, white peach plus a hint of vanilla and a little leesy complexity. The wine is rich and round in the mouth but there’s also lovely driving acidity. It’s as multi-faceted as you might expect – engineered but immaculately so.
Ingenuity Italian Blend 2012
50% Sangiovese (Darling), 45% Barbera (Durbanville) and 5% Nebbiolo (Simondium). The nose shows overt oak-derived character but also red and black fruit and an appealing olivaceous quality. The palate shows good depth of flavour and bright acidity and the tannins are in fact very sophisticated being firm but fine, the finish long and savoury.
Ingenuity Spanish Blend 2012
90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano. Three months in American oak, 100% new followed by 14 months in French oak, 100% new. Quite shy on the nose while the palate shows red fruit, vanilla and spice. Broad and quite oaky with moderate acidity and a little hot on the finish.