Cape Collective new releases
By Christian Eedes, 10 August 2023
Cape Collective – the Wrapper Series continues to intrigue with Coltamino 2021. As made by Gunther Schultz of Baleia Wines, it’s an unusual white blend that originates from Montagu – unusual in that it incorporates a portion of table grape Sultana, this from a vineyard that is 94 years old, along with 57% Colombard (vine age: 40 year) and a dash of Palomino (vine age: 48 years). Winemaking saw the Sultana given skin contact in tank for two weeks while the Colombard and Palomino were barrel fermented for eight days. Alcohol is 12.5%.
It’s immensely likeable but not facile. The nose shows guava, pear, peach and grapefruit plus herbs and some leesy complexity while the palate has good fruit weight, bright acidity and a salty finish and the inclusion of that Sultana certainly arouses the curiosity. Price: R150 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
Also made by Schultz from Montagu grapes is a New-Wave style Pinotage 2021, 50% whole-bunch fermented and matured in old oak for 12 months. The nose shows subtle notes of raspberry, cranberry and red cherry plus fynbos, earth and spice while the palate is light, the acidity a little sharp, the finish very dry (alc: 12.5%). Not unpleasant but very primary and angular at this point. Price: R150 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 89/100.
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