Tempel current releases
By Christian Eedes, 31 August 2022
Tempel Wines, the property situated between Paarl and Wellington owned by Belgian Tom Heeremans, attracted attention earlier in the year when its Kattemai 2021, a wine consisting of 88% Chenin Blanc from Wellington and 12% Semillon from a 1905 Franschhoek vineyard, rated 95 points in the Prescient Chenin Blanc Report.
Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows:
Sorgvry Cinsault 2020
W.O. Wellington. 50% whole-bunch fermentation. Red cherry, plum and a hint of floral perfume on the nose. Juicy and fresh, full and round on the palate, the tannins soft and supple. Alcohol: 14.5%.
CE’s rating: 88/100.
Skemerdans Grenache 2020
W.O. Piekenierskloof. 50% whole-bunch fermentation. Red currant, flowers, herbs and spice on the nose while the palate shows good fruit concentration, bright acidity and powdery tannins – accessible and appealing.
CE’s rating: 90/100.
Oogwink Shiraz 2020
W.O. Stellenbosch (Polkadraai). 50% whole-bunch fermentation. Heady aromatics of dark berries, fynbos, pepper and spice. Good depth of fruit, fresh acidity and crunchy tannins – intensely flavoured with a nicely dry finish.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
Tydsaam Tempranillo 2020
W.O. Wellington. Matured for 12 months in French oak, 35% new. Black berries, violets, herbs and chocolate on the nose while the palate is deep and rich – sweet upfront but pleasantly grippy tannins contribute to a dry finish. Has a succulence thanks to bright acidity.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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