Ansgar Flaaten, managing director of wine exporter Flavors of Wine and occasional WINE magazine tasting panel member sent me samples of the first two wines his company has released under the “Mooi” label, consisting of a Chardonnay 2009 and Chenin Blanc Viognier 2009.
Flaaten feels there are a lot of vineyards not used to their full potential, the fruit which they produce disappearing into huge blends and the Mooi wines are an effort to address this.
Grapes for the Chardonnay 2009 were sourced from two locations in Stellenbosch, one in Bottelary and the other in Polkadraai. Adel Conradie is company winemaker, the production centre being Val du Vie in Paarl, and in this instance was assisted by Chardonnay whizz Johan Kruger of Sterhuis. It’s a wild ferment wine that saw no oak but extended lees contact and while it is not run-of-the-mill, I found it just a little too rich and broad, with not enough freshness.
The Chenin Blanc Viognier 2009 was far more to my taste. Chenin Blanc makes up 92% of the blend and was sourced from low-yeilding bushvines in the Swartland picked early for freshness; the Viognier from Stellenbosch adds typical peach aroma and flavour as well as a pleasing touch of extra weight. The wine was barrel matured and carries its oak well. After leaving an open bottle overnight, it was arguably even better the next day.
The Chardonnay is R60 a bottle and the Chenin Blanc Viognier R70. For more information, contact Flavors of Wine commercial manager Steffi Layer on 021 807 7080.