La Ferme Derik Vivace 2009
By Christian Eedes, 31 May 2011
Ignore the, um, eccentric packaging, this white blend from little-known Paarl winery La Ferme Derik rates highly in terms of its QPR (quality-price ratio). A blend of 52% Chenin Blanc, 21% Roussane, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Viognier and 7% Grenache Blanc, it’s medium bodied with layers of flavour, predominantly stone fruit and spice, while tangy acidity lends balance. Only the Viognier saw oak, two months in third-fill Hungarian. Yours for the princely sum of R45 a bottle.