Druk My Niet, situated between Paarl and Wellington, had vineyard and many of its structures destroyed by fire in January 2017. Luckily wine stocks remained intact and in a remarkable show of resilience wine was still made, winemaker Alexandra McFarlane bought in grape for that harvest and made wine off-site. Tasting notes and scores for two currently available wines as follows:
Druk My Niet C68 Chenin Blanc 2017
From two blocks planted in 1968 and 1962 respectively. Fermentation, involving a combination of natural and commercial yeasts, took place in tank and barrel. Naartjie, lemon, peach and quince (to the extent that anybody knows what quince smells like) plus a hint of leesy complexity on the nose. The palate is light bodied but not without flavour, nicely balanced and gently savoury on the finish. Alc: 12.6%.
Editor’s rating: 89/100.
Druk My Niet Invictus 2012
60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc. Red and black fruit, fresh herbs, oak spice plus some rather dank notes of earth and undergrowth. Lean and a little severe on the palate with fresh, almost tart acidity and firm tannins, the finish long and very savoury. Alc: 13.5%.
Editor’s rating: 87/100.
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