The 2022 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines rated: 94 points
By Christian Eedes, 22 September 2022
The 38th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) Auction is set to be held on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October 2022 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. This year’s auction will see a total of 43 wines from 30 guild members on offer – I tasted 39 of these wines sighted, tasting notes and ratings to be released over the course of this week.
Silverthorn Big Dog VIII Méthode Cap Classique 2017
W.O. Robertson. 71% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Noir. Aged on the lees for 52 months. The nose shows citrus, green apple, raspberry, yeasty complexity and some smoky reduction. The palate is lean and direct with a good line of acidity and a fine mousse. A tense wine but equally wonderfully detailed.
Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Chardonnay 2021
W.O. Cape South Coast. Matured in small Burgundian barrique for 14 months. Subtle aromatics of blossom, pear, white peach, lemon and some struck-match reduction. The palate is relatively light and lean with thrilling acidity and a pithy finish. Possessing excellent fruit definition, this is currently tightly wound.
Raats Family Wines The Fountain Terroir Specifific Chenin Blanc 2021
Grapes from a Polkadraai Hills block. Matured for 11 months in a third-fill 300-litre barrel. The nose has a top note of honeysuckle before pear, peach, citrus, yellow apple and spice. The palate has great generosity of fruit being luscious and sweet in the best sense. Bright acidity lends balance and the finish is suitably savoury.
Cederberg Teen die Hoog Shiraz 2020
W.O. Cederberg. 20% whole-bunch fermentation. Matured for 15 months in 225-litre barrels. Heady aromatics of black berries, violets and pepper while the palate is luscious and full. The fruit is dense, the texture smooth but there’s also bright acidity. A wine of reined-in power.
Kanonkop CWG Pinotage 2019
W.O. Simonsberg-Stellenbosch. Matured for 19 months in barrel. Seductive aromatics of cherry, plum, floral perfume, chocolate and oak spice while the palate is sweet, rich and ripe – lots of succulent fruit and fine tannins. With loads of flavour and very polishe, this is true to the style that the property has become famous for and should please its many fans.
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Windansea Pinot Noir 2020
W.O. Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Matured for 11 months in barrel before a further six months in large oak. Heady aromatics of red cherry, musk and white pepper while the palate shows good depth of fruit, moderate acidity and fine tannins. Rich, round and already quite open, this is entirely seductive.
Simonsig Heirloom Shiraz 2020
W.O. Stellenbosch. 16% whole-bunch fermentation. Matured for 18 months in 500-litre barrels, 60% new. Dark berries, some smoky reduction, cured meat, pepper and vanilla on the nose while the palate is broad and flavourful with chewy tannins. A hearty wine that’s most satisfying to drink.
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