Bloemcool Ploegperd 2019
By Christian Eedes, 25 May 2021
Fairview’s experimental label Bloemcool deserves more coverage than it gets. In particular, the 2018 of the white blend called Ploegperd impressed on release and the follow-up 2019 proves this was no fluke.
Grapes from Piekenierskloof, the new vintage is a blend of 47% Chenin Blanc, 43% Palomino and 10% Grenache Blanc, the Chenin vineyard planted in 1962 and the Palomino in 1974 while the Grenache was planted in 1994 so not yet able to qualify for Old Vine Project certified heritage status (and hence kept to less than 15% of the blend) but still the oldest block of this variety in the country.
The aromatics are alluring with notes of guava, green apple, lime, pear, white peach, herbs and flowers while the palate is lean and electric with a salty finish. With flavours arriving in a smooth procession and plenty of vigour thanks to snappy acidity, this is a wine of complexity and poise. Price: R200 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
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