Fresh off the 2003 of the Remhoogte Estate Blend 2003 placing among the top three at the inaugural RE:CM 10 Year Old Wine Awards, this Stellenbosch property presented a vertical of this wine from 2002 to 2007 next to its other top-end blend Bonne Nouvelle of the same years.
High-profile consultant Michel Rolland advised on the wines during this period so fascinating to assess his influence. He originally made his name on Bordeaux’s Right Bank where he facilitated a swing towards wines of greater ripeness and concentration with smoother, softer tannins. What was he to wreak at Remhoogte?
The stylistic difference between the Estate wines and the Bonne Nouvelle, regardless of vintage, is frankly amazing, the former typically medium bodied and classically styled, the latter powerful and weighty. “All this off only 22ha,” says Chris Boustred, son of owner Murray and current winemaker.
By way of example, the Estate 2003 next to the Bonne Nouvelle 2003.
Remhoogte Estate 2003
59% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Pinotage. Matured for 22 months in French oak, 40% new. Abv 14.38%. Dark fruit, fynbos and pencil shavings. Good concentration, bright acidity, firm but fine tannins – well balanced and still youthful.
Remhoogte Bonne Nouvelle 2003
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 19% Pinotage. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 70% new. Abv 14.5%. Ripe red and black fruit, milk chocolate and a savoury edge. Full bodied and heavily extracted. Appears tired.