De Kleine Wijn Koöp Debutant 2003
By Christian Eedes, 21 October 2011
So much to like about Debutant 2003 from De Kleine Wijn Koöp. Firstly, the gritty packaging designed by Fanakalo, the Stellenbosch graphic designers also responsible for Boer & Brit and Sequillo among others.
Secondly, the wine itself. Wine of origin Swartland, the all-Afrikaans De Kleine Wijn Koöp website describes it as consisting of a “mengelmoes” of varieties and had me thinking of something from the Southern Rhône. No indication of who made the wine but all part of the mystique. Total production a mere 600 bottles and asking price is R150 a bottle.
It’s amazingly fresh for a 2003 vintage wine. Very aromatic on the nose: red fruit, dried herbs, spice and some earthiness all in evidence. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced with sweet red fruit upfront before a savoury, slightly salty finish. I thought it was charming and scored it 16/20.