“These go to eleven,” is an idiom coined in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, where the guitarist proudly demonstrates an amplifier whose volume knobs are marked from zero to eleven, instead of the usual zero to ten and that’s also what you get from the Vuurberg wines as made by Donovan Rall. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows:
Vuurberg White 2016
39% Chenin Blanc, 15% Semillon, 15% Viognier, 14% Verdelho, 8% Roussanne, 7% Grenache Blanc, 2% Chardonnay. Spontaneous fermentation before maturation for nine months in 225-litre and 400-litre barrels, 25% new. Citrus, white peach, straw, a touch of honey and some yeasty complexity on the nose. The palate is rich and flavour packed – plenty of weight but the wine holds together nicely. A smart effort in what was a difficult vintage on account of the drought.
Editor’s rating: 92/100.
Vuurberg Red 2014
46% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot. Matured for 24 months in older oak. Quite heady on the nose with red and black fruit, a slight herbal quality. Massive in the mouth – huge fruit concentration and smooth in texture. Seamlessly assembled but lacks refreshment, a slight heat to the finish thanks to 15% alcohol.
Editor’s rating: 88/100.
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