The Vuurberg wines are big, booming multi-regional wines made by the acclaimed Donovan Rall. Tasting notes for the new releases as follows:
Vuurberg White 2017
Approximate retail price: R215
A blend of mostly Chenin Blanc with Verdelho, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Semillon sourced variously from Stellenbosch, Piekenierskloof and the Swartland. Plenty going on aromatically with notes of hay, citrus, peach and even a little pineapple plus a slight yeasty quality and a touch of reduction. The palate is rich and full-bodied with a creamy texture. Overall, a wine that makes a big impression. Alcohol: 13.5%.
Editor’s rating: 92/100.
Vuurberg Red 2016
Approximate retail price: R265
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Swartland Cinsault (the latter replacing Merlot from the 2015 vintage). Very ripe, even slightly baked red and black fruit to go with some exotic floral fragrance and a hint of spice on the nose. Big and broad – plenty of fruit power, moderate acidity and soft tannins. Intoxicating stuff, this needs to be served chilled! Alcohol: 15%.
Editor’s rating: 88/100.
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