Wines out of the or­di­nary

Watch out for a few un­usual new wines out there, writes Gra­ham Howe

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I’VE tasted a mixed case of some of my favourite white and red va­ri­eties this month — Chenin Blanc, Chardon­nay, Semil­lon and Pinot Noir — mostly new re­leases from the 2011 vin­tage. Watch out for a few un­usual new wines out there, in­clud­ing a nou­veau wine fresh from the 2012 har­vest made from Gamay Noir, and a Sauvi­gnon Blanc made from Caber­net Sauvi­gnon grapes.

Asara Nou­veau 2012. Made from Gamay Noir grapes har­vested in Fe­bru­ary 2012, this de­light­ful new re­lease shows off the fresh berry fruits of the new vin­tage in the French tra­di­tion of Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau. The colour­ful Warhol style la­bel matches the burst of mul­berry, rasp­berry and wa­ter­melon flavours.

Asara Caber­net Sauvi­gnon Blanc 2011. An in­no­va­tive white wine made from a red grape shows an abun­dance of floral aro­mas and yel­low ap­ples with hints of goose­ber­ries and de­cid­u­ous pear and peach. Crisp and smooth with bal­anced acid­ity and a firm tex­ture, it lives up to Asara’s motto: “Or­di­nary is every­where but here.”

Solms As­tor Vas­trap 2011. This unique Cape blend of mostly Chenin Blanc and Semil­lon with a splash of Ries­ling will set your tastebuds tap­ping. An un­pre­ten­tious charmer with a spicy twist in the tail from the her­itage Fran­schhoek win­ery (1690), which has led a revival of Cape va­ri­eties, cui­sine, mu­sic and wine­mak­ing.

Ni­tida Modjadji No­ble Late Har­vest 2011. Named af­ter the Rain Queen of Lim­popo, this dessert wine was made from late-ripen­ing Semil­lon in­fected with Botry­tis. An ex­otic bou­quet of golden de­li­cious ap­ples and hon­ey­comb leads to an im­plo­sion of tangy or­ange mar­malade, cit­rus can­dypeel, al­mond, oats and hay.

Olden­burg Chenin Blanc 2011. The fresh fruit, zesty acid­ity and crisp min­er­al­ity of Chenin Blanc are paired to the floral fra­grances, pear and golden cit­rus flavours of Chardon­nay. This bar­rel-fer­mented wine has roasted ma­cadamia nu­ances with volup­tuous lay­ers of fruit and vanilla oak spice — and a well-rounded, creamy palate.

False Bay Chenin Blanc 2011. Made from grapes grown on tra- di­tional bush vines and fer­mented with wild na­tive yeast, this melange of fresh trop­i­cal fruit shows the sunny va­ri­etal char­ac­ter of this hall­mark va­ri­ety.

Fleur du Cap Un­fil­tered Semil­lon 2011. An ex­cit­ing new re­lease in the flag­ship range of this pop­u­lar Stel­len­bosch la­bel draws on the re­gional di­ver­sity of sig­na­ture va­ri­eties from the best sites. This lightly wooded, full-bod­ied wine ex­presses the alluring grape­fruit and lime flavours of the va­ri­ety with hints of nuts and lano­lin.

KWV The Men­tors Semil­lon 2011. A new re­lease in one of SA’s most-awarded wine ranges show­cases un­usual va­ri­eties such as Caber­net Franc, Gre­nache Blanc and Viog­nier grown in spe­cific sites and ter­roir. The lime and lemon­grass aro­mas of Semil­lon lead to herba­ceous flavours, a creamy tex­ture and zesty acid­ity.

Aalder­ing Chardon­nay 2011. The first vin­tage made by this bou­tique cel­lar in the Devon Val­ley bears the clas­sic, el­e­gant house style of their big reds. Fer­mented and aged in bar­rels, the Chardon­nay ex­presses clas­sic cit­rus, stone fruit and pear flavours with a twist of but­ter­scotch.

Groote Post Un­wooded Chardon­nay 2011. The full cit­rus flavours of Chardon­nay are show­cased in the pop­u­lar un­wooded style with de­light­ful nu­ances of lime mar­malade and ginger and a creamy, leesy fin­ish.

Grande Provence Pinot Noir 2010. One of the old­est wine es­tates (1694) in the Fran­schhoek Val­ley fol­lows up its maiden Pinot with a sec­ond vin­tage made from the clas­sic grape of Bur­gundy. Aged in sec­ond-fill bar­rels, this el­e­gant wine ex­presses the lovely fresh straw­berry flavours and silky tan­nins of the va­ri­ety.

Groote Post Re­serve Pinot Noir 2009. The cool cli­mate, high-ly­ing vine­yards of this his­toric farm (1709) near Dar­ling on the west coast have pro­duced the best vin­tage of Pinot to date. The re­strained house style en­tices with charm­ing plum, rasp­berry and mush­room notes in an earthy wine with a spicy vanilla twist.

The Waterk­loof vine­yards with False Bay as its back­drop.

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