Jocelyn Hogan Wilson of Hogan Wines describes the 2017 vintage as “textbook” with everything in vineyard and cellar coming together for good. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows:
Hogan Chenin Blanc 2017
Wine Cellar price: R345
Grapes from four Swartland vineyard blocks ranging from 32 to 45 years in age. The nose shows peach, naartjie, plus some waxy character and a little earthiness. The palate is rich and full with tangy acidity and a slightly bitter finish (alchohol: 13%). This has lots of fruit power without becoming ponderous. Plenty of interest.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
Hogan Divergent 2017
Wine Cellar price: R390
A blend of 34% Polkadraai Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Helderberg Cinsault and 32% Wellington Carrignan, the latter component undergoing 30% whole-bunch fermentation. A fragrant nose with notes of sour cherry, plums, herbs and spice. The palate, meanwhile, is juicy and fresh with nicely grippy tannins (alcohol: 14%). A brave break from convention and most appealing.
Editor’s rating: 92/100.
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