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Tim Martin Wines Qaisar Mourvèdre 2015

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Tim Martin quite likes the idea of Mourvèdre as the “Pinot Noir of the Mediterranean” although concedes it might not always be possible to get the same nuance that Burgundy’s famous grape offers when at its best. He’s made two versions of Mourvèdre from the 2015 vintage and they’re both pretty smart.

TMW Hitch Mourvèdre 2015
Approximate retail price: R205
From an 18-year-old Swartland vineyard. 100% whole bunch fermentation. Matured for 10 months in a 1 800-litre French oak foudre. A very pretty nose of red fruit, some floral perfume and dried herbs. Light bodied, pure and fresh, the finish almost salty.

#WinemagRating: 91/100.

TMW Qaisar Mourvèdre 2015
Pinot-esque.

TMW Qaisar Mourvèdre 2015
Approximate retail price: R215
From a 20-year-old Swartland vineyard. 100% whole bunch. Matured for 10 months in a 2 000-litre Austrian oak foudre. Red and black fruit, floral perfume, scrub and spice. Excellent flavour intensity and composure – more substance than its counterpart above but still fresh and lively.

#WinemagRating: 93/100.

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TMW Mothership Chenin Blanc 2015
Approximate retail price: R230
From a 60-year-old Paarl vineyard.  Fermented and aged in 1 500-litre French oak foudre. White peach, naartjie, a vague nuttiness and some yeasty complexity. Light bodied but not without texture, the finish long and pithy.

#WinemagRating:92/100.

TMV Bear Tinta Barocca 2015
Approximate retail price: R205
From a 45-year-old Stellenbosch vineyard.  100% whole bunch. Matured for 10 months in a 1 600-litre French oak foudre. Very exotic nose showing red fruit but also strong herbs and spices, purple flowers plus a certain wildness.  The palate is relatively light but comes across as intensely savoury. “A bit whacky” says Martin with some understatement.

#WinemagRating: 90/100.

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