Towards the end of last year, Hagen Viljoen came across from Zevenwacht to succeed Hilko Hegewisch as winemaker at Solms-Delta on the outskirts of Franschhoek. Recently three new wines
Solms Astor Vastrap 2012
Chenin Blanc, Semillon. Peach and some thatch on the nose. Surprising weight and texture for a wine with an abv of only 12.5% and moderate acidity. Easily likeable.
Solms Delta Amalie 2012
58% Viognier 58%, 30% Grenache Blanc , 12% Roussanne.
Peach and apricot, some waxiness and spice. Quite good concentration, tangy acidity. Viljoen apparently wants to put the focus more on fruit purity and aromatics, moving away from the oxidative style that characterised this wine in the past. This will surely give it more commercial appeal but this vintage currently seems to lack the intrigue of previous. Will this come with time in bottle?
Solms Delta Lekkerwijn 2012
61% Grenache, 26% Mourvèdre and 13% Viognier. An ak matured dry rosé, this shows vague strawberry and spice. Quite rich and full by the category’s standards but a bit listless.