Yesterday at the Gugulethu Wine Festival a chance to sample the own-label Olive Brook range of headline sponsor TOPS at SPAR, wines I’m not overly familiar with as these are not submitted for review by either Platter’s or Wine magazine although they have done well at Veritas over the years.
The general standard was high but the wine that particularly impressed was the Olive Brook Optimus Sauvignon Blanc 2010, made by Johan Joubert of Kleine Zalze with input from TOPS at SPAR consultant Tinus van Niekerk. The wine is a multi-regional blend with grapes sourced from sites located across the winelands or “from Olifants River to Walker Bay” as Ray Edwards, group liquor manager puts it. It spent 11 months on the lees which gives the wine good palate weight and richness but there’s also a great line of acidity that lends focus and balance. Expensive tasting and Edwards confirms that it costs R120 a bottle. “We only made 2 500 cases by six so if we don’t sell it, we’ll drink it all ourselves.”