Hogan new releases
By Christian Eedes, 27 April 2021
Hogan Wines was started by Jocelyn Hogan Wilson in 2014, with her sourcing grapes from various sites across the winelands. Her Swartland Chenin Blanc is probably the most highly decorated to date but all her wines having a quiet classiness about them. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows:
Hogan The Galvanised Chardonnay 2019
71% of grapes from Banghoek, 29% from Helderberg. Spontaneously fermented and matured for 11 months in older oak. Subtle notes of pear, citrus and oatmeal plus a little leesy complexity on the nose. The palate shows well-defined fruit, fresh acidity and pithy finish – good focus and length.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
Hogan Chenin Blanc 2019
From Swartland grapes. Spontaneously fermented and matured for 11 months in 225- and 300-litre barrels. Compelling aromatics of citrus, peach, dried herbs, baking spice, a hint of lanolin and some earthiness. The palate possesses a dense core of fruit, gentle acidity and a savoury finish. Well balanced, subtle and intricate.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
Hogan Mirror for the Sun Cabernet Franc 2019
From Helderberg grapes. Matured for 11 months in older oak. The nose shows top notes of violets and roses as well as a hint of mint and other fresh herbs before red and black berries plus pencil shavings. The palate is juicy and fresh with crunchy tannins – a very likeable, accessible rendition of the variety.
CE’s rating: 90/100.
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