Spioenkop 1900 Pinotage 2013

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
in What I Drank Last Night
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Spioenkop's Koen Roose.

Spioenkop’s Koen Roose.

Spioenkop, tended by Belgian couple Koen and Hannelore Roose, is one of the newer Elgin properties – own vineyards established in 2008 and first bottlings (featuring bought-in fruit) in 2010.

Roose brings a particular aesthetic to bear on his wines so that even when they are not entirely successful, they are still fascinating. All the wines show refinement and subtlety, compelling the drinker to engage with them and when he does get it right, as in the case of his Stellenbosch-Elgin Pinotage, the result is riveting.

1900 range
Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Price: R85
86% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Semillon, including a portion of grapes from Sterhuis. Asparagus and fresh herbs on the nose and palate.  Rich and thick textured. “SA style,” according to Roose. “It pays the bills.”

Score: 84/100.

Chenin Blanc 2013
Price: R95
50% of grapes from Raats Family Wines. Includes a small portion of botrytis infected grapes. White peach, vanilla and a slight leesy quality. Has a sweet ‘n sour quality about it. Good texture and nicely coated acidity – nothing exaggerated about it.

Score: 89/100.

Pinotage 2013
Exclusively available from Wine Cellar: R205
70% Stellenbosch, 30% Elgin. A floral top note to go with cherry and wild strawberry. Lovely fruit purity, fresh acidity and nicely grippy tannins. A wonderfully composed wine which proves Pinotage doesn’t have to be super-ripe and super-extracted.

Score: 93/100.

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Spioenkop range – own fruit
Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Price: R150
Very shy on the nose – hints of pear, white peach and green melon. The palate is lean and tight – great poise but this is currently rather severe and demanding to drink.

Score: 88/100.

Riesling 2013
Price: R150
Lime, white peach, green apple and the vaguest note of “kerosene”. Good fruit concentration and an acidity which is bracing but entirely suits the wine. Not without texture and a super-long finish. TA is 7.8g/l and RS is 3.5g/l!

Score:  91/100.

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Chenin Blanc 2013
Price: R150
Subtle white peach on the nose. A delicate wine with pure, well delineated fruit but perhaps lacking a little flesh on the mid-palate. The finish is long and dry.

Score: 89/100.

Pinot Noir 2013
Price: R180
Maiden vintage. Sour cherries, a hint of “farmyard” and attractive oak on the nose. Medium bodied with good freshness and fine tannins. Pure fruit upfront before an umami quality on the finish – it’s not facile but again it lacks mid-palate. A measured effort but more complete wines must surely lie ahead.

Score: 89/100.

Pinotage 2013
Price: R250
Red and black cherry plus subtle oak. Good freshness and a lovely lattice-work of tannins but lacks the padding that the Stellenbosch fruit gives the 1900 – this should come as the Elgin vines age. The finish is long and savoury.

Score: 92/100.

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