Roodekrantz Old Bush Vine new releases
By Christian Eedes, 18 December 2019
Roodekrantz Wines is a spin-off project undertaken by Windmeul Cellar export manager Marius Burger being one of the driving forces. They have access to a number of old vineyard blocks of note and have been members of the Old Vine Project since 2018. Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows:
Roodekrantz Chenin Blanc 2017
Labelled as a Coastal wine because it combines parcels from Stellenbosch and Paarl, both planted in 1974, spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasting 14 months took place in older oak. Yellow peach, orange, earth and some yeasty character on the nose while the palate shows great depth of fruit, tangy acidity and a savoury finish. Complex and intense with some grip to the finish, this is super stuff.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
Roodekrantz Cinsaut 2018
From a 1954 Paarl vineyard. The nose shows red and black cherry, a hint of reduction, earth and spice. Good fruit definition to go with fresh acidity and lightly grippy tannins. Round and relatively full in the mouth, this is substantial but not overbearing – alcohol: 13%.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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