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Silverthorn Jewel Box 2009

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A stellar performance.

Silverthorn Wines is Steenberg GM John Loubser’s side project – vineyards in Robertson and the Cap Classique-only range made at Steenberg.

First bottling was in 2004, Loubser making a Blanc de Blancs called The Green Man, then came Genie from Shiraz and now a “special cuvee” called Jewel Box, the name referring to a deep-space star cluster situated close to the Southern Cross, the best known constellation in the southern hemisphere’s skies.

On Friday Loubser showed the current release versions of all three wines. Score and notes below:

Silverthorn The Green Man 2009: 16/20
Price: R170
100% Chardonnay. 28 months on the lees. Pure fruited, fine mousse, bracing acidity. Lime intertwined with yeasty flavours. Extremely austere and hence delivers a rather particular drinking experience.

Silverthorn Jewel Box 2009: 17.5/20
Price: R220
80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir. First 1 000 of 3 500 bottles disgorged after 36 months on the lees. Wonderfully complex, intricate wine with notes of yellow and red fruit and some yeastiness. Rich but perfectly in balance. Fine mousse, well integrated acidity. Great depth and will only become better with time in bottle.

Silverthorn Genie NV: 15.5/20
Price: R170
100% Shiraz. 28 months on the lees. Well assembled but nevertheless idiosyncratic with a sort of spicy rosewater flavour profile.

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