De Wetshof and Springfield are probably Robertson’s two most reliable producers when it comes to fine wine but the district needs some new-generation champions in this regard and one of the figures fulfilling that role is Lourens van der Westhuizen of Arendsig. Some tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows:
Arendsig Inspirational Batch 3 Chenin Blanc 2017
Two batches fermented spontaneously in a 3 500-litre foudre then matured for 10 months in old oak. Hugely complex nose show a herbal top note before guava, citrus and peach plus some leesy complexity. Lovely fruit concentration and punchy acidity – big yet still intricate making for a really compelling take on the variety.
Arendsig Inspirational Batch 7 Pinotage 2017
From a vineyard planted on clay. Red and black berries with flowers and spice in the background. The palate is nicely balanced, providing a big mouthful of fruit with plenty of fresh acidity and fine tannins – altogether charming.
Arendsig 1000 Vines Viognier 2017
Press juice first clarified before being returned to the skins. Stone fruit, a slight nuttiness and spice. The palate is rich with tangy acidity and just a little phenolic grip on the finish to add interest.
Arendsig Inspirational Batch 8 Pinotage 2017
From a vineyard planted on shale-derived Scali soil. A hint of reduction before mulberry and black cherry, herbs, earth and spice. Pure fruit, fresh acidity and pleasantly firm tannins. Angular in a good way.
Arendsig Inspirational Batch 10 Out of the Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Grapes from a McGregor vineyard farmed by the 93-year-old Patricia Werdmuller von Elgg. Fermented and matured for 12 months in a cement egg. An exciting and unusal nose, which shows lime, naartjie and kiwi fruit with some fynbos in the background. The palate is full but balanced with nicely coated acidity and a savoury finish.
Arendsig Inspirational Batch 2 Grenache 2017 – R175
Arendsig Single Vineyard Chardonnay Block A15 2017 – R150
Solara Block 2 Little Foxes Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – R130
Arendsig Inspirational Batch 2 Grenache 2016 – R175
Arendsig Inspirational Batch 4 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – R175
Arendsig Single Vineyard Shiraz Block A12 2017 – R150
Arendsig Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Block A9 2017 – R150