Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Wine Ramblers tasting – Cederberg Winery of South Africa, 5th February 2013

Wine Ramblers tasting – Cederberg Winery of South Africa, 5th February 2013
Tasted at Fulham Wine Rooms

Cederberg Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Western Cape)
Light golden colour. Classic and elderflower gooseberry nose, but not a heavy style – very fresh and zesty. Group score.  3.8 / 5
Cederberg Cellars Chenin Blanc 2011 (Western Cape)
A pleasing style from a country that produces some radical interpretations of this French varietal. Pale straw colour, this wine was fresh, tart on the palate with greengages and mint on the nose. A short-ish finish but very pleasing overall and a great food wine.
Group score 3.5 / 5
Cederberg Cellars Ghost Corner Elim Semillon 2009 (Western Cape)
A premium wine. Very different in style to a Bordeaux Semillon. Light straw colour, green bell peppers on the nose, off dry and very crisp on the palate, zesty, long finish and fresh acidity. Lovely wine with a lot more life yet. Group score 4.1 / 5
Cederberg Cellars Bukettraube 2011 (Western Cape)
A fine wine from a rare grape varietal. Light golden colour, apricots and a hint of stewed fruit on the nose, slightly sweet and raisined on the palate. Juicy. Needs longer. Best white of the night. Group score 4.3 / 5
Cederberg Cellars Merlot Shiraz 2009 (Western Cape)
An unusual blend. Medium purple colour, gamey nose with spicy plums on the palate. Youthful, with firm tannins but an elegance. A good future. Group score 3/5
Cederberg Cellars Shiraz 2009 (Western Cape)
Another very well made red wine. Ripe black fruits on the nose, with coffee and pimento, blackcurrant on the palate. A cut above many Southern Hemisphere shiraz. From 2103. Group score 4/5
Cederberg Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon V Generations 2008 (Western Cape)
The best red of the night and the best wine too. Inky colour, dense and concentrated. Firm tannins that need longer but a beautiful palate – a melange of cassis, pimento and dark fruits. Needs longer but lovely now. From 2014. Group score 4.3 / 5

1 comment:

  1. A very good tasting with Pieter du Toit from Cederberg winery.

    All the wines were good, I particularly enjoyed the Bukettraube.

    Very enjoyable evening, thanks to the organisers.