Another post on the topic of when SA’s best wines provide optimal drinking. Skurfberg is a Chenin Blanc from Olifantsrivier grapes and part of Eben Sadie’s Ouwingerdreeks and when I drank the 2009 vintage some three years ago, I suggested that it was “very fine but short of greatness”, scoring it 16.5/20, which is roughly equivalent to 88 on the 100-point scale (see here).
Over lunch yesterday, Grape.co.za editor and contributor to this site Tim James kindly provided another bottle. My tasting note was similar – bruised apple, stale beer, gentle spice, a certain waxiness on the nose and palate – but I was more inclined to be impressed by it.
The richness it has always had really is quite imposing but the wine is holding very well and there’s no shortage of detail – with food, more primary fruit came to the fore including citrus, peach and fresh apple.
I am sure the wine will provide drinking pleasure for a while yet but the point does have to be made that the primary fruit will gradually dissipate while the honeyed, nutty notes which come with bottle age will increase. To some extent when to drink this wine will depend on your individual tolerance for developed characters.