Topical pic – KWV Roodeberg 2009 bag-in-box
By Christian Eedes, 14 April 2011
KWV Roodeberg 2009 packaged in 3-litre bag-in-box sells for 269 krona in Sweden (1SAK = 1.09ZAR), and if dooswyn enjoyed such stylish packaging back home, I’m sure many more would be inclined to buy it.
The 2009 vintage is a huge step in quality than Roodeberg has shown for a while, the wine appearing much more fruit-forward and fresh without sacrificing tannic grip entirely. On major change is more Shiraz and Petit Verdot and less Merlot in the blend – cellarmaster Richard Rowe particularly bullish about Petit Verdot which he describes as a “naturally low pH variety giving generous flavours and rich tannins” while Merlot is “difficult to grow consistently well” and prone to oxidation.
In terms of vinification, meanwhile, 90% of the 2009 was matured on staves in tank, the rest in second- and third-fill barrel and is now bottled early whereas previously the wine spent up to three years in very old barrels. Rowe reports that between 15 000 and 20 000 old barrels have recently been thrown out, something that did not endear him to the accountants.