Carinus Family Vineyards new releases
By Christian Eedes, 2 July 2021
Danie and Hugo Carinus, growers with vineyards in both Stellenbosch and Swartland and who make wine under the Carinus Family Vineyards label, are toying with the idea of building their own cellar but in the meantime, the acclaimed Lukas van Loggerenberg takes care of production except for the Polkadraai Heuwels Chenin Blanc as made by Chris Alheit of Alheit Vineyards. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows:
Carinus Family Vineyards Syrah 2020
W.O. Stellenbosch. This wine sees a second of Danie Carinus’s vineyards incorporated for the first time while winemaking involved stems being added back to the ferment rather than 100% whole-bunch fermentation as in previous years. Compelling aromatics of violets, red and blackberries, pepper, and spice while the palate has purity and depth, wonderful freshness, and nicely grippy tannins – more concentration and drive than previous vintages.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
Carinus Rooidraai 2020
From Swartland Chenin Blanc. Matured in only older oak for 10 months (the 2019 had a 25% new oak component). Subtle aromatics of citrus, peach, apple, and hay plus the smallest hint of reduction while the palate shows great purity and linearity – lovely clarity of fruit, racy acidity, and a pithy finish. This is a taut, almost severe wine but quite riveting as a result. Alcohol: 12.5%.
CE’s rating: 96/100.
Carinus Polkadraai Heuwels 2020
From Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc. Whereas 75% of the 2019 was matured in concrete, the 2020 went into old oak for 10 months. This vintage saw a more open canopy in the lead-up to harvest after concerns that it was cropping too much the previous year and there is certainly a more “sun-kissed” quality to the wine. Honeysuckle, peach, yellow apple, oatmeal, and spice on the nose while the palate is relatively round with moderate acidity. Well balanced and flavourful, the finish possessing a saline quality. Alcohol: 13.5%.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
The Carinus Family Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2020 was reviewed in April and rated 91/100 – see here.