Adama White from Bosman Family Vineyards looks like a bit of a mishmash on paper but works surprisingly well. The 2013 consists of 62% Chenin Blanc, 21% Chardonnay, 7% Grenache Blanc, 6% Semillon, 3% Viognier and 1% Pinot Gris, grapes from two rather disparate areas, the Chenin, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc and Viognier coming from Wellington and the Semillon and Pinot Gris from the Upper-Hemel-en Aarde Valley.
In a word, it’s exotic. On the nose, a honeysuckle top note before lemon, peach, pineapple, thatch, a hint of vanilla and gentle spice. The palate is rich but balanced, smooth in texture but this offset by tangy acidity. Price: R110 a bottle.
I’m less excited by the Adama Red 2013. A blend of 63% Shiraz, 21% Mourvedre, 6% Grenache Noir, 5% Cinsaut, 1% Primitivo and 4% Viognier, it shows red and black fruit, but also notes of reduction, vanilla and chariness on the nose. It’s rich and ripe with relatively soft tannins. Competently made but not nearly as compelling as its white stablemate. Price: R110 a bottle.