Super Single Vineyards new releases
By Christian Eedes, 31 January 2022
Combine Daniël de Waal’s well-established winemaking credentials with his penchant to work with vineyards of particular interest and the resulting Pella and Super Single Vineyards wines are always authentic and absorbing. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows:
Pella Kanniedood Chenin Blanc 2020
Grapes from a Stellenbosch vineyard planted in 1985. Fermented and matured for eight months in French and Hugnarian oak. The nose shows citrus, white peach, hay, talcum powder, toasted almond and some leesy complexity on the nose while the palate is medium bodied with a gently savoury finish. It’s a restrained wine that takes time to open up in the glass.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
Swaartekrag Swartland Heritage Vines Chenin Blanc 2020
Grapes from a Swartland vineyard planted in 1968. Fermented and matured for eight months in 300-litre French and Hungarian oak, 20% new. The nose shows yellow peach, orange, pineapple, spice plus mushroom, earth and some waxy character while the palate is direct and forceful – rich with tangy acidity.
CE’s rating: 90/100.
Voorloper Bush Vines Syrah 2019
Grapes from a Stellenbosch vineyard planted in 1985. Whole-bunch fermented and matured for 18 months in third-fill oak. The nose shows some flinty reduction before olive, red and black berries, potpourri and white pepper while the palate has impressive fruit density to go with crackling acidity and fine tannins. This has weight and texture in the best sense, layers of flavour that keeps you coming back for more.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
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