Jordan Wine Estate has been involved in a collaboration with retailer Woolworths for over 10 years and yesterday a tasting of the new co-branded wines.
Exclusive Selection Chardonnay Sur Lie 2012
Clean fruit (pear and citrus) but quite weighty especially as it warms up in the glass. Dry white for those who can’t abide Sauvignon Blanc.
Lightly Wooded Chardonnay 2012
Citrus, subtle vanilla and moderate acidity. Referring to it as bland would be unkind but it’s very safe.
Jordan No-Added Sulphur Merlot 2012
Dark fruit, crushed herbs and a subtle earthy note. Broad, dense and slightly dull – not oxidised but fruit definition lacking.
Exclusive Selection Merlot 2010
Red and black fruit. Medium bodied with soft acidity and fine tannins. Nicely balanced and no green character to speak of.
Cobblers Hill 2010
Woolworths sells 700 six-bottle cases a year of this, making it the retailer’s most successful co-branded blend over R150 a bottle. The 2010 is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc and was matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new. Red and black fruit, attractive herbal and iodine notes. Complex and layered, relatively medium bodied, smooth textured, perhaps a bit too crafted. That said, tt was served next to the 2004 which seemed riper but simultaneously had more overt pyrazine notes – there’s no doubt that the Jordan team are moving their flagship red in a more refined direction.