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 January 2013



PDFDavid Whitaker

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Goats do Roam 2011 White (57% Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne)
Western Cape W.O.
Richard Granger
Lovely aromatics, creamy and floral and very fruity on the palate with peach/stone fruit undertones. A crowd pleaser, although the acidity starts to overwhelm after a while.
Group comments
: “Viognier nose”; “Tad acidic”
2. Reyneke 2009 Reserve White (Sauvignon Blanc)
Hanging Ditch £19.50
Oaky, buttery nose not typically Sauvignon Blanc. Balanced oaky flavours and a well integrated mouthfeel, the wine developed in the glass very well.
Group comments:  General approval: “A little too chilled”, “A classy wine”.
3. Hamilton Russell 2011 Chardonnay
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Elgin
S.A. Wines online £20.50
Golden green tints to the colour with a syrupy, tropical fruit nose. A little brash at the front; it’s zesty on the palate with an orange oil flavour, a well developed mid-palate with integrated oak and a dry, elegant and very long finish. This wine is probably too young but superb nonetheless.
Group comments
: “Honey and Orange”; “A winemaker’s wine”; “Quite acidic for a Chardonnay”; “Could do with more oak”; “Pineapple & butter tones”.
4. KWV 2011 Pinotage
Western Cape W.O.
S.A. Wines online £7.00
Quite fruity for a Pinotage, with dark berries. Simple but clean flavours with chunky tannins, fresh and young – a quaffable, party wine.
Group comments: “More chemistry than winemaking”; “A quaffing house red”; “Bubblegum and plastic – off putting”; “A wine for tomato based pasta dishes”.
5. Boekenhoutskloof 2010 Syrah
Coastal W.O.
S.A. Wines online £26.00
Concentrated fruit nose with a serious weight to it. Spice and herbs with integrated, dry tannins, smooth edges and soft in the mid-palate with chocolate, raspberries and liquorice. Although some components appeared young the wine as a whole seemed intentionally designed for drinking now. After a while in the glass developed a lovely toffee finish.
Group comments: “An absolute stunner”, “Very together for a young wine”, “A touch one dimensional”
6. Boekenhoutskloof 2011 The Chocolate Block (69% Syrah, Grenahce, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, 1% Viognier)
Western Cape W.O.
Harvey Nichols  £21.00
Quite a blended, complex nose - perfumed with hints of the Languedoc. Cool and minty on the palate with dry tannins, rounded, especially so for a 2011, with simple aspects. Somewhat disappointing truth be told.
Group comments: “Elegant and fruit driven”, “Medicinal nose”, “Plain...don’t get the complexity”, “The blend seems artificial”.
7. The Liberator 2008 Unsung Hero (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, 1% Grenache)  
Swartland W.O.
Proteas Wines £12.00
A tangy nose with lots of fruit. A pleasant mouthfeel with quite a complicated, chaotic palate, including some cedar and pencil shavings. The concentrated fruit is a little stewed but a good wine.
Group comments: “Best nose of the night”, “I admire the guy’s (Richard Kelly’s) palate”, “It’s a funny blend!”.
8. Klein Constantia 2008 Marlbrook (58% Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc)
Constantia W.O.
S.A. Wines online / The Wine Chambers £16.00
A lovely nose, complex with lots of fruit. A rich, heavy wine with a cool, balanced mouthfeel and spicy tannins at the edges. The flavour screams ripe Bordeaux with a long, dry, nuanced finish. At £16 this was superb value.
Group comments
: “A first growth with weight”, “Claret with knobs on”, “Too sweet on the approach”, “Too much alcohol” (15%).
9. Vergelegen 2004 Flagship Red (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc)

Richard Granger £28.50
A mature aspect to the nose. Cool and dry on the palate, typical Cabernet Sauvignon with a little age. Some astringency on the mid-palate with a spicy, dry tannin finish.
Group comments:
“Lacks a punch”, “Somewhat unbalanced”, “Elegant”, “Suffers in comparison..”
10. Klein Constantia 2006 Vin de Constance (Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains)
Constantia W.O.
The Wine Chambers £31.50
Unfortunately one bottle was slightly spoiled. Clear golden colour. Sweet, rich and floral the texture was viscous, a smooth nectar with good acidity.

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