Circumstance Straw Wine 2009
By Christian Eedes, 15 January 2012
A bit like listening to “Strange Mercy” by St. Vincent, Circumstance Straw Wine 2009 from Waterkloof in Somerset West is weird but ultimately I like it. Annie Clark’s 2011 alt-rock album is intellectual and demanding and this straw wine is equally not everyday.
From Chenin Blanc, the grapes were sun-dried before undergoing a spontaneous fermentation which took five months to complete, the wine then spending 30 months in barrel.
It’s traffic light amber in colour with the nose displaying peach, peach kernel and marzipan aromas. Inevitably, there’s also an oxidative note (a touch of V/A). On the palate, it’s concentrated but not that detailed in flavour with an unctuous texture and relatively soft acidity. Slightly weird but the better for that. Score: 15.5/20. Only available from the winery restaurant.