Yesterday Fleur du Cap hosted a terroir tasting of tank samples of various components from diverse wine growing regions. Each sample was reassuringly close to what you might expect from the respective growing areas and so, for instance, the Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin was delicate and pretty, that from Stellenbosch rich and weighty, that from Lutzville was green and acidic, that from Darling similarly so and that from Cape Agulhas showed intense asparagus as well as a disconcerting sweetness.
Later, some of the current-release wines under the premium Fleur du Cap Unfiltered label. Not so long ago, this was a really exciting collection but currently the wines feel like the winemaking team are playing it safe, the exception being the Semillon 2011 which is excellent.
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Semillon 2011: 17/20
Shy nose but great palate showing a range of flavour: lime and tangerine, some herbal bite. Rich but balanced with good texture, fresh acidity and well judged oak. Should reward bottle maturation.
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2011: 16/20
Reductive. Technically correct but rather lean. Uninspiring.
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2011: 16.5/20
Burnt matchstick and citrus on the nose. Good fruit concentration, bright acidity, well judged oak. Long, dry finish.
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Merlot 2009: 15.5/20
Ripe red and black fruit, slight minty note. Medium- to full-bodied, moderate acidity, finishes a little short.
Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2009: 15.5/20
Lean and angular. Dark fruit, tart acidity, fine tannins.
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2011: 16/20
76% Chenin Blanc, 13% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Chardonnay officially (although including a dash of Muscat according to viticulturist Bennie Liebenberg). Concentrated fruit, great line of acidity. Not much botrytis character.