Bloemcool new releases
By Christian Eedes, 15 August 2022
Fairview bill Bloemcool as their “most esoteric range of wines” and the handmade labels are implanted with real cauliflower seeds. Tasting notes and ratings for two new releases as follows:
Bloemcool Ploegperd 2021
69% Chenin Blanc, 16% Palomino and 15 % Grenache Blanc. Grapes are from Piekenierskloof, the Chenin Blanc planted in 1962 and the Palomino in 1974 and both certified as Old Vineyard Project heritage vineyards. The Grenache Blanc, meanwhile, was planted in and thus cannot yet be certified but it is nevertheless the oldest block of this variety in the country .
The nose shows top notes of blossom and dried herbs before lime, white peach and green apple while the palate has good weight and a creamy texture but also bright acidity, the finish suitably dry. Lots of flavour but perhaps less drive than previous vintages.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
Bloemcool Berg en Dal Oupa se Wingerd 2021
Grapes from a Grenache Noir vineyard planted on the Piekenierskloof farm Berg-en-Dal in 1973. 20% whole-bunch fermentation. Cherries, plums, a hint of floral perfume, earth and spice on the nose while the palate is dense and textured – good fruit expression, bright acidity and powdery tannins before a persistent, gently savoury finish.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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