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Bosman Family Vineyards Fides 2013

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Cra cra.

A war story. It was some ten years ago that Chenin-driven, oxidatively made blends started to emerge as a category and as deputy editor of Wine magazine, I proposed that our panel review a line-up of the more prominent examples. The tasters were by no means inexperienced but nevertheless had no idea of what to make of the wines and ratings were poor. We spiked the report.

“Orange” wine is the new cutting edge and again I think it will be a while before they find traction among critics and punters alike. I happen to like them for the counter-point to wines made with a large degree of technological intervention that they offer.

Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington have just launched an orange wine called Fides 2013. From Grenache Blanc, it underwent spontaneous fermentation on the skins, this lasting three weeks. Maturation was in second-fill oak.

I found yellow peach, apricot, spice and a subtle nuttiness. Really flavoursome, well balanced and nicely pithy on the finish. Not part of the standard range but a “Project of Passion” according to the cellar and this sums it up well. Price: R150 a bottle.

Score: 91/100.


    • Hi Doug, Innoculated rather than spontaneous fermentation, blanketing a wine with inert gases to prevent exposure to oxygen, the addition of enzymes to facilitate and accelerate chemical reactions, cross-flow filtration to achieve clarity, higher rather than lower sulfur additions are all examples of “technological intervention”. One of the mantras of natural wine, by contrast, is “nothing added, nothing taken away”.


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