Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White 2010
By Christian Eedes, 26 July 2011
Stellenbosch property Zevenwacht has such an extended tourism-related offering including a country inn, restaurant, cheesery, banqueting and conferencing facilities, spa, mountain bike and hiking trails that it’s easy to overlook the wine.
I’m tasting the property’s line-up for Platter’s 2012 and can report that there’s plenty of interest. There are in fact 120ha of vineyard on the 460ha property while owner Harold Johnson also owns land in Banhoek. Winemaker Jacques Viljoen began here as assistant to Karl Lambour (now of Constantia Glen) in 2002 and took full charge of the cellar in 2005 and has quietly gone about uplifting the image of Zevenwacht ever since which undoubtedly went through a bit of a dip at the end of the 1990s.
A wine which I like in particular is The Tin Mine White 2010, a blend of 46% Chardonnay, 40% Viognier and 14% Chenin Blanc, the Chardonnay and Viognier fermented in second-fill 500-litre barrels and back blended with the tank fermented Chenin Blanc. Yellow peach on nose and palate, medium bodied with gentle but sufficient acidity, it totally over-delivers at R55 a bottle from the farm.