Class act gets a modern make-over
IT HAD been a while since I sampled Overgaauw wines, so I welcomed the chance to taste a trio of new vintages.
For me the name is still synonomous with Sylvaner, a wine I have long savoured: Not only has Overgaauw been making it for more than 40 years, but they are still the sole local producer.
Today, fourth generation David van Velden has taken over the picturesque cellar and put his stamp on the new vintages, adorned with attractive new labels.
He had two objectives: to increase freshness and fruit identity in the reds and produce mid-palate fruit and balance in the whites.
The 2012 Overgaauw chardonnay (R84) is elegant, dry, lightly wooded with citrus and some creaminess. Crisp and enjoyable.
The 2011 merlot ( R103) is medium bodied, with plenty of fruit and smooth tannins, a surefire winner with merlot fans. Fans of Portuguese cultivars will savour the 2012 Touriga nacional (R80). It’s spicy, full bodied and juicy.
● The estate is open for tasting six days a week and most public holidays. See www.overgaauw.co.za.
TRADITION MEETS INNOVATION: The tasting centre at the Overgaauw estate in the Stellenboschkloof.
FOURTH GENERATION: David van Velden respects legacy but introduces contemporary style and techniques.