Maanschijn new releases
By Christian Eedes, 5 July 2021
Paul Hoogwerf and Doug Mylrea are friends from school days who both subsequently studied winemaking, gaining experience in vineyards and cellars locally and internationally. They went on to launch their own label called Maanschijn, first as a sideline but now as their sole focus, operating out of a refurbished stable on a smallholding between Hermanus and Stanford belonging to Mylrea’s family – read more here.
They currently have two tiers to the range, namely Brunch Club (mainly for export) and Herbarium. In the cases of the latter label, the focus is very much on the greater Walker Bay area, the resulting wines an “expression of place”. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:
Maanschijn Herbarium Cape White 2020
45% Bot River Chenin Blanc, 45% Bot River Verdelho and 20% own Sauvignon Blanc. Spontaneously fermented and matured for nine months in old oak. Pear, lime and peach, dried herbs, some yeasty complexity and spice on the nose while the palate is lean but not too lean, the finish nicely savoury. It’s a well-balanced wine with layers of flavour, the different varieties combining to good effect.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
Maanschijn Herbarium Cape Red 2020
50% Pinotage, 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre from various Bot River and Stanford properties. Approximately 60% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting nine months in old oak. The nose shows top notes of musk, fynbos and spice before cranberry, raspberry and strawberry and just a little meaty character in the background. The palate is juicy and fresh with fine tannins before gently savoury finish. A cheering glass of wine.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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