Olifantsberg Blanc 2013

November 15, 2014
by Christian Eedes
in What I Drank Last Night
with 2 Comments
Eye-opener.

Eye-opener.

A big part of wine’s fascination for me is its constant capacity to surprise. Olifantsberg is situated on the Brandwacht mountains overlooking Breedekloof a little way from Worcester, an area not exactly renowned for premium wine.

Winemaker Jacques du Plessis however exceeds all expectations with his carefully crafted white blend from the 2013 vintage (he worked a few vintages with Eben Sadie and clearly learnt a thng or two). It’s a combination of 59% Chardonnay, 23% Roussanne, 9% Chenin Blanc and 9% Grenache Blanc, fermentation happening spontaneously and maturation in old oak lasting 10 months (part of the Roussane sourced from Paarl and the Chenin skin fermented).

The nose shows flowers, pear, white peach and a hint of vanilla. The palate is light but not  anodyne – the fruit succulent and pure, the acidity nicely integrated, a touch of phenolic grip on the finish. It’s initially quite broad in the mouth but comes nicely to a point. Precise but equally possessing plenty of character. Price: R125 a bottle.

Score: 93/100.

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  1. SanjeevNovember 16, 2014 at 4:39 pmReply

    Fine summary, their rose was simply delicious as well

  2. Samantha O'KeefeNovember 16, 2014 at 10:46 amReply

    Jacques is a star about to hit the scene. Watch that space as time goes on.

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