The 2016 vintage was challenging on account of being exceptionally hot and dry and it’s fascinating to see how different winemakers dealt with it.
Jocelyn Hogan Wilson felt compelled to pick the Swartland vineyards that supply her Chenin Blanc earlier than usual, 27 January to be precise. The wine, however, is still strikingly rich and concentrated. The nose shows pear, white peach and some hay while the palate reveals more of a citrus character. Full bodied with moderate acidity and a pithy finish, this is forceful stuff. Approximate retail price: R355 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
Her red blend that is called Divergent has come off very well in 2016. Consisting of a third each of Polkadraai Cabernet Sauvignon, Wellington Carignan and Helderberg Cinsault, the wine shows more red than black fruit plus an attractive herbal quality. The palate is medium bodied and really well balanced with a nice freshness and a savoury finish. Has a real vinosity about it. Approximate retail price: R400 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 92/100.
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