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Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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Tracking progress.
Tracking progress.

Oldenburg is situated in the Banghoek ward of Stellenbosch, which owner Adrian Vanderspuy reckons is “one of the better spots in SA” for wine production. He acquired the property in 2003 and with Simon Thompson as viticulturist and winemaker is slowly but surely establishing a name for premium wines.

Yesterday the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages of the Chardonnay as well as the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintages of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Thompson says he’s been “exploring style” until now and there is a sense of work in progress about all the wines.

The three vintages of Chardonnay (the current-release 2012 selling for R130 a bottle) were all more or less appealing although not terribly complex – they need more fruit concentration which will surely come as the vineyards mature while I think Thompson can afford to be a more adventurous in his elaboration.

The four examples of Cabernet Sauvignon were more convincing, the yet-to-be-released 2011 in particular a very fine effort. Dark fruit, some attractive herbal character, fresh acidity, firm but fine tannins, the overall impression savoury rather than sweet. Classic Stellenbosch.

Score: 90/100.

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