Wines - Best of Both Worlds

Great South African wine­mak­ers have a won­der­ful abil­ity to strad­dle the new and old worlds, pro­duc­ing wines of fi­nesse and struc­ture with pu­rity of fruit and char­ac­ter, says James Suck­ling. Af­ter a re­cent tast­ing of hun­dreds avail­able in Hong Kong, he nom

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BOUCHARD FIN­LAYSON PINOT NOIR GALPIN PEAK TÊTE DE CU­VÉE, WALKER BAY 2009

Very dense and lay­ered, with dark berry, strawberry and smoky, charred-bar­rel char­ac­ter. Very flo­ral. Full and round with a beau­ti­ful balance and length. Drink or hold. 93 points

RU­PERT & ROTH­SCHILD BARON ED­MOND, WESTERN CAPE 2010

This is a rich and in­tense wine with tobacco, tar, cloves, spice and dried herbs. It’s got a full body with chewy tan­nins and a long, in­tense fin­ish. A blend of caber­net sau­vi­gnon, mer­lot and caber­net franc. Drink or hold. 92 points

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95 points DAVID SADIE DAVID EL­PID­IOS, SWART­LAND 2011

A wine with lovely balance and fi­nesse and plenty of sub­tle spice, berry and dried-meat char­ac­ter. A medium to full body with pretty tan­nins and a long fin­ish. A blend of syrah, carig­nan, gre­nache and cin­saut. Drink now. 93 points

VI­LA­FONTÉ SE­RIES C, PAARL 2010

This red is in­cred­i­ble. It’s like tast­ing a cult wine from Napa Val­ley. Full-bod­ied yet in­tense and silky, with a fab­u­lous fruit and tan­nin balance. Su­perb. The mix is caber­net sau­vi­gnon (75 per cent), caber­net franc (10), mer­lot (10) and mal­bec (5).

KEN FOR­RESTER VINE­YARDS OLD VINE RE­SERVE CHENIN BLANC, STEL­LEN­BOSCH 2011

This is a re­ally de­li­cious white with dried peaches, ap­ple, slate and min­eral char­ac­ter and a friendly bit­ter un­der­tone. Full­bod­ied and fas­ci­nat­ing. Screw-cap. Drink now.

93 points

MEER­LUST PINOT NOIR, STEL­LEN­BOSCH 2012

This has al­ways been an in­spi­ra­tional South African red, with leather, spice and dried cherry char­ac­ter. It’s Bur­gun­dian with a new-world bright­ness. A medium to full body, del­i­cate tan­nins and a crisp fin­ish. Drink now. 93 points

THE SADIE FAM­ILY COL­UMELLA LIB­ER­A­TUS CAS­TRO BONAE SPEI, SWART­LAND 2009

Earthy, spicy and berry char­ac­ter with lots of depth. It’s like tast­ing a great Rhône yet there’s an ethe­real style like Bur­gundy. Full, in­tense and deep. Drink or hold. 93 points

Wine makes ev­ery meal an oc­ca­sion, ev­ery ta­ble more el­e­gant, ev­ery day more civilised—an­dré SI­MON

HAMIL­TON RUS­SELL VINE­YARDS PINOT NOIR, UP­PER HEMEL-ENAARDE VAL­LEY 2012

Juicy and savoury, with dried strawberry, cedar and light dried meat char­ac­ter. A full body, pretty acid­ity and a de­li­cious fin­ish. The real deal. The master of South Africa does it as usual. Drink it. 93 points

DAVID SADIE DAVID ARIS­TAR­GOS, SWART­LAND 2012

This is deep and in­tense with beau­ti­ful lay­ers of ripe fruit such as pineap­ple and pear. A full body, bright acid­ity and a flavour­ful fin­ish. Chenin blanc, viog­nier, clairette blanche and chardon­nay. Only four bar­rels made. 93 points

VI­LA­FONTÉ SE­RIES M, PAARL 2010

So much in­cred­i­ble black olive, choco­late and tobacco char­ac­ter, along with burnt marsh­mal­low. A full body with vel­vety tan­nins, yet re­served and firm. 49 per cent mer­lot, 30 per cent mal­bec, 21 per cent caber­net sau­vi­gnon. Drink or hold. 94 points

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