Trizanne Signature Wine Origin Range new releases

By , 3 August 2023

Trizanne Barnard’s top-end range has undergone a packaging make-over, the labels generally featuring seascapes. “The vineyards I work with are all more or less close to the ocean and I wanted to reflect that,” she says. Tasting notes and ratings for the 2022s as follows:

Groendruif Skin Contact Semillon 2022
Price: R340
Alc: 11.16%. Left on the skins for two weeks before maturation lasting 11 months in barrel, 20% new. Multifaceted aromatics of potpourri, peach, citrus, green apple, dried herbs and hay while the palate has surprising weight given an alcohol of just 11.16% to go with big acidity and a saline finish. Unashamedly geeky.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

Sondagskloof White 2022
Price: R445
From Sauvignon Blanc, 50% given skin contact for approximately two weeks before maturation in new 500-litre French oak barrels, 50% fermented in older barrels. Extraordinarily complex aromatics of black currant, citrus, peach, kiwi fruit, floral perfume and fennel while the palate has dense fruit, snappy acidity, some pithy texture to the finish. A seamless wine with great flavour intensity. Alc: 12.5%.

CE’s rating: 96/100.

Benede-Duivenshokrivier Chardonnay 2022
Price: R445
50% whole-bunch fermentation and malolactic fermentation inhibited. Matured for 11 months in partly new barrels. Pear, peach, citrus and a hint of vanilla on the nose. The palate is light and fresh with a gently savoury finish. Delicate and poised. Alc: 11.83%.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge Pinot Noir 2022
Price: R445
100% destemmed. Matured for 10 months in 300-litre barrels, 20% new. Strawberry, red cherry, a hint of musk and white pepper on the nose. Good fruit expression, moderate acidity and powdery tannins. Well balanced and immediately accessible. Alc: 13.64%.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

Elim Syrah 2022
Price: R340
100% destemmed, maturation lasting 11 months in partly new French oak barrels. Subtle aromatics of red and black berries, fynbos and pepper while the palate is lean with lemon-like acidity and silky tannins, the finish deeply savoury. Super-elegant, precise and stylish. Alc: 13.17%.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge Barbera 2022
Price: R445
Violets, red and black berries plus a hint of fresh herbs on the nose. Impressive fruit density matched by a great line of acidity and crunchy tannins. Pure and vivid, this is an arresting wine that will certainly not leave you indifferent – alcohol is 14.05% and TA is 7.6g/l! I love it…

CE’s rating: 96/100.

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