Trizanne Signature Wines new releases
By Christian Eedes, 5 August 2021
The new releases from Trizanne Barnard of Trizanne Signature Wines are out and my overall impression is that they grow evermore in delicacy and subtlety. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:
TSW Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019
W.O. Elim. 61% Semillon and 29% Sauvignon Blanc. Barrel fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak, 20% new. Blackcurrant, lime and white peach, a hint of vanilla, plus subtle notes of hay and dried herbs in the background. The palate is lean with a particular tension about it – pure fruit, cutting acidity and a saline finish. Will only benefit from time in bottle.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
TSW Elim Semillon 2019
Barrel fermented and matured for 10 months, 20% new. Complex aromatics of hay, lime, pear and white peach plus vanilla and some leesy complexity. The palate has super-concentrated fruit and driving acidity before a finish that is pithy, even slightly grippy. Great purity and wonderfully harmonious.
CE’s rating: 94/100.
TSW Sondagskloof White 2020
From Sauvignon Blanc, 50% undergoing skin contact for two and a half weeks. Matured for 10 months in oak, 50% new. Intense aromatics of black currant, white peach and perhaps some honeydew melon as well as a little leesy complexity. The palate has massive concentration – lovely weight and texture but equally driving acidity. Layers of flavour and extremely long on the finish.
CE’s rating: 96/100.
TSW Onderduivenshokrivier Chardonnay 2020
From a vineyard situated in the area between Heidelberg, Riversdale and Vermaaklikheid. Matured for 10 months in oak, 20% new. Struck match, pear, lemon and a hint of vanilla on the nose. The palate shows pure fruit and bright acidity before a nicely dry finish. Classically styled, this currently comes across as youthful and quite understated.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
TSW Darling Barbera 2019
Mature for 10 months in older oak. Some smoky reduction before red cherry and dried herbs on the nose. The palate is lean with high acidity and fine tannins. Alcohol is a mere 11.5% but the wine is somehow not too angular or severe – rather it offers great refreshment value.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
TSW Reserve Syrah 2019
W.O. Elim. Grapes entirely destemmed, maturation lasting 10 months in oak, 20% new. A hint of reduction before red berries, a hint of floral perfume, fynbos and white pepper. The palate is light and energetic – great fruit definition and fresh acidity before a salty finish. A decidedly elegant rendition of the variety.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
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