As an aperitif last night, the Adamastor 2009 from Strandveld in Elim. With lunch today, The OV 2009 from Oak Valley in Elgin. The former a blend of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, the latter 81% Sauvignon Blanc and 19% Semillon. The former rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011, the latter rated 4½ Stars in Platter’s 2012.
The Adamastor is hardcore – lime and pronounced pyrazine character. Super-intense in flavour with racy acidity and a saline finish. Particular which is to say that one could begin to speak of terroir but actually quite difficult to drink (the 2011 rated 2½ Stars in the RisCura White Hot Wine Awards last year).
The Mountain Reserve more refined – white peach, thatch, some lanolin, a little white pepper on the back-palate. Less particular but more accessible, more versatile when it comes to food (3 Stars in the White Hot Wine Awards).
Tolerance of pyrazine varies from taster to taster but I prefer less rather than more. Forgive me for banging my drum once again…