There’s no accounting for taste – whereas colleague Tim James is positive about the two new top-end wines from Helderberg property Lourensford (see here) I was less convinced by the white blend although I was impressed by the red. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:
Lourensford Chrysalis White 2015
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier. The first impression the nose provides is green pepper and fresh herbs before citrus, melon and some nuttiness. The palate is rich and full, intensely flavoured but a little disjointed, some developed character starting to show. Not very approachable. Alc: 14%.
Editor’s rating: 87/100.
Lourensford Chrysalis Red 2015
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabrnet Franc. Matured for 19 months in French oak, 77% new. The nose shows top notes of floral perfume and fresh herbs before red and black fruit plus toast and oak spice. The palate shows good depth of fruit, fresh acidity and firm but fine tannins. Plush and full, precisely made, the overall impression dry rather than sweet. Alc: 14%.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.