Joostenberg new releases
By Christian Eedes, 26 April 2023
Joostenberg owned by the Myburg family is a farming and hospitality business in the Muldersvlei district of Stellenbosch although the vineyards are technically designatted as being in Paarl.
Ventures include organic wine farming, deli, pork specialist butchery, events venue, picnics, seasonal cut flowers, herbs and vegetables.
There are also two restaurants, the first being The Kraal next to the winery itself and the second being the Bistro adjacent to the deli – it’s a particular pleasure to drink Joostenberg wines with the excellent food that both these kitchens produce. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows:
Joostenberg Die Agteros Chenin Blanc 2022
Grapes from the oldest vineyard on the farm planted in 1982. Matured for 10 months in 48% concrete eggs, 30% clay amphorae and 22% older oak. Potpourri, citrus, nectarine and a hint of ginger on the nose. The palate is light-bodied yet flavourful with gentle acidity and a touch of grip to the finish – restrained and delicate. Alc: 12%.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
Joostenberg Fairhead 2022
50% Roussanne, 36% Chenin Blanc, 7% Alvarinho and 7% Viognier. Matured for 10 months, 79% in terracotta amphorae and 21% in older oak. The nose shows peach, citrus and a slight waxy character with potpourri and spice in the background. Nice palate weight despite a low alcohol of 12%, gentle acidity and pleasantly savoury finish – not the most forceful wine around but equally not without interest.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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