First of the 2010 sum­mer wines

The re­lease of the first white wines of the 2010 vin­tage co­in­cides with spring, a sea­son as vi­brant with new aro­mas and colours as the first fruits of the new har­vest, writes Gra­ham Howe

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IHAVE se­lected 10 new wines that ex­press the typ­i­cal char­ac­ter of the clas­sic white cul­ti­vars, Sauvi­gnon Blanc, Chardon­nay, Semil­lon and Chenin Blanc, as well as the first Rosé wines, which make an ideal ta­ble com­pan­ion for sum­mer fare.

Lead­ing mem­bers of the Cape Wine­mak­ers Guild say weather con­di­tions dur­ing the 2010 har­vest were chal­leng­ing yet ideal for op­ti­mal long, slow-ripen­ing and small berries with out­stand­ing fruit con­cen­tra­tion and good lev­els of nat­u­ral acid­ity. Many wine­mak­ers pre­dict red wines will be par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing, while Sauvi­gnon Blanc, Chardon­nay and Chenin Blanc stand out.

Allee Bleue Rosé 2010. A charm­ing wine from Fran­schhoek with cherry-blos­som colour and straw­berry and rose petal aro­mas. Made in the dry style with a spicy twist from the Shi­raz grapes, the fruity palate is rem­i­nis­cent of candy floss with rasp­berry nu­ances. En­joy with br­uschetta, chorizo and savoury canapés.

Cir­cum­stance Cape Co­ral Mourvè­dre Rosé 2010. Whole­bunch pressed and fer­mented with wild yeast in the grav­ity-fed Waterk­loof cel­lar in the Helder­berg. This del­i­cate, dry wine with a lu­mi­nous pale co­ral hue, has a savoury char­ac­ter, with fyn­bos and rich red berry flavours. Ver­sa­tile with mush­rooms, sushi and sum­mer fare.

Kleine Zalze Gamay Noir Rosé 2010. This more-ish va­ri­etal Rosé has se­duc­tive straw­berry and pink salmon colours, with deep straw­berry, cherry and plum fruit nu­ances. Made from the pop­u­lar Beau­jo­lais cul­ti­var, it is a clean, light and dry wine with a smooth mouth­feel, fresh acid­ity and soft tan­nins. Per­fect for al fresco fare.

De Gren­del Koet­shuis Sauvi­gnon Blanc 2010. This big wine shows bold, ripe flavours of as­para­gus, cap­sicum and goose­berry. A clas­sic cool-cli­mate wine with firm acid­ity, a min­eral thread and a long, leesy fin­ish, it is sourced from key vine­yards in Dar­ling and Dur­banville. Try it with as­para­gus, creamy pasta and goat’s milk cheese.

Ni­tida Sauvi­gnon Blanc 2010. Named af­ter the protea that grows on this fam­ily wine farm, this award-win­ning wine brims with goose­berry, zesty lime, grape­fruit and lemon­grass flavours. A lead­ing ex­am­ples of the scin­til­lat­ing green pyrazine char­ac­ter of cool­cli­mate Sauvi­gnon, sig­na­ture grape of the Dur­banville Val­ley.

South­ern Right Sauvi­gnon Blanc 2010. The long-awaited new vin­tage from this spe­cial­ist Sauvi­gnon Blanc pro­ducer in Walker Bay main­tains sig­na­ture min­er­al­ity with a scin­til­lat­ing mouth-feel. A com­plex wine with sub­tle aro­mas of lime zest, gar­de­nia flow­ers and white peach shows typ­i­cal salty ma­rine char­ac­ter on the palate.

Kleine Zalze Vine­yard Se­lec­tion Chardon­nay 2010. This bar­rel-fer­mented wine shows a good bal­ance of fresh cit­rus fruit and oak pear and orange peel flavours and a chalky min­eral palate. The ex­tended lees con­tact in the bar­rels pro­duces a long, creamy af­ter­taste in a medium-bod­ied wine with in­tense cul­ti­var fruit char­ac­ter.

Ku­mala Zenith Chenin Blanc/Chardon­nay 2010. This easy-drink­ing blend com­bines two pop­u­lar grape va­ri­eties in a full-bod­ied dry wine that mar­ries the trop­i­cal fruit flavours of Chenin with fresh cit­rus and lime fruit of Chardon­nay, with a creamy vanilla oak fin­ish. En­joy with fullflavoured Thai chicken and veg­e­tar­ian dishes.

Two Cubs White Blend 2010. This easy-drink­ing medley of Chenin and Sauvi­gnon Blanc comes from an old fam­ily win­ery in the Si­mons­berg area of Stel­len­bosch. A fruit-driven wine evokes a trop­i­cal fruit salad of guava, grape­fruit and pineap­ple with a hint of wild honey and a long, lively af­ter­taste. Pair with sal­ads, seafood and pasta.

Cre­ation Semil­lon 2010. One of a trio of ex­cit­ing new 2010 sin­gle va­ri­etal re­leases — Semil­lon, Sauvi­gnon Blanc and Viog­nier — from one of the newer cel­lars in the Hemel-en-Aarde Val­ley. The Semil­lon 2010 ex­presses clas­sic waxy, lano­lin char­ac­ter with nu­ances of green fig and peas. En­joy with seafood bisque or line fish with peas.

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