Sutherland new releases

By , 13 June 2023

Elgin property Sutherland was acquired by Gyles Webb of Thelema in 2002 with a view to exploring what a cool-climate site could produce. The wines recently got new labels, four reserve wines now named after Webb’s granddaughters, these being Anna Chardonnay 2017, Lisa Grenache 2017, Emily Petit Verdot 2017 and Sarah Red 2017, the first two priced at R400 a bottle and the second at R450.

Tasting notes for the two samples delivered as follows:

Sutherland Anna Chardonnay 2017
Matured for 10 months in 228-litre barrels. On the nose, there is notable struck-match reduction which so often characterises Chardonnay from this property as well as citrus while the palate shows huge concentration and punchy acidity before a super-savoury finish. The density of fruit is such as to make this almost monolithic. Deep yellow in colour, it is otherwise very much intact and makes for a singular drinking experience. Alc: 13%.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

Sutherland Lisa Grenache 2017
Matured for 17 months in older barrels. The nose shows red and black berries plus spice and that slightly malty quality that development often lends while the palate is hearty with sweet fruit and a fiery quality because of 15% alcohol and not much tannic grip. Some will no doubt appreciated the opulence…

CE’s rating: 89/100.

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