The jury is out on promis­ing 2011 vintage

The re­lease of the first of the new sum­mer wines al­ways causes a fris­son of ex­cite­ment among wine lovers, writes Graham Howe

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WILL 2011 be the Year of Sau­vi­gnon or Shi­raz, Chardon­nay or Caber­net, whites or reds? The jury is out un­til the reds are re­leased over the next two to three years and the 2011 vintage takes its place in the hi­er­ar­chy of poor, good and great vin­tages.

Look­ing back on the last decade, many crit­ics rate 2009 as one of the Cape’s great emerg­ing vin­tages and rate 2006 (for whites) and 2003 (for reds) as out­stand­ing years. In the mean­time we can al­ready taste the fresh fruit of the white wines of 2011 — youth­ful and vi­brant in the year of the har­vest. NEW 2001 RE­LEASES: Blaauwk­lip­pen Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2011. This charm­ing new re­lease comes from one of the Cape’s old­est wine farms (1682) in the golden tri­an­gle of Stel­len­bosch. A bright and lively wine with a ripe trop­i­cal heart and a long, re­fresh­ing fin­ish, it cap­tures the vi­brant spirit of the new 2011 vintage. Rel­ish with sunny sal­ads, fish or as­para­gus. Diemers­dal Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2011. The Louw’s old fam­ily farm in Dur­banville makes six dif­fer­ent ver­sions of wine from its sig­na­ture va­ri­ety. The won­der­ful 2011 vintage shows its cool-cli­mate pedigree in a mélange of trop­i­cal fruit, ripe fig and goose­berry flavours with a min­eral edge. Ex­plore the pu­rity of their fruit on its own. Dur­banville Hills Mer­lot Rosé 2011. The ac­claimed maiden rosé from this cel­lar is made from sin­gle vine­yard grapes with in­tense colour and flavour. A light-bod­ied wine with a sen­sual straw­berry tone, rose petal aro­mas and fresh sum­mer berry flavours with mul­berry and rasp­berry high­lights. In­dulge with tapas, duck and tuna. Du Toit­skloof Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2011. One of SA’s top-sell­ing ver­sions of this pop­u­lar va­ri­ety comes from a pro­ducer voted best value wine cel­lar by Wine Mag­a­zine four times. This moun­tain cel­lar has some of the coolest vine­yards in the Breede River val­ley, ideal con­di­tions for grow­ing ex­cep­tional Sau­vi­gnon Blanc in a fresh, ac­ces­si­ble style that de­liv­ers a bal­ance of green, zesty and trop­i­cal flavours. Groote Post Old Man’s Blend White 2011. The pop­u­lar good-value, great qual­ity la­bel from this de­light­ful fam­ily farm on Dar­ling Hills pays tribute to pa­tri­arch Peter Pentz who likes ev­ery­day wines. This seam­less blend com­bines the zesty ap­ple bite of Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, the rich trop­i­cal fruit of Chenin Blanc and the weight of Semil­lon. Haute Cabrière Un­wooded Pinot Noir 2011. Cel­lar­mas­ter Takuan von Arnim show­cases the nat­u­ral straw­berry and cherry flavours of this va­ri­ety in a maiden un­wooded red wine. Sen­sual and el­e­gant with lively acid­ity, fleshy fruit and soft, juicy tan­nins, this ruby-coloured wine mea­sures a low 12% al­co­hol. Served slightly chilled, this stun­ning new re­lease matches salad with rasp­berry vinai­grette, yel­low­tail or duck. Klooven­burg Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2011. The new vintage from the vine­yards of Pi­eter du Toit in Riebeek Kas­teel com­bines the ripe trop­i­cal flavours of the Swart­land in a wine with pineap­ple and guava and typ­i­cal green nu­ances in a well-rounded wine. Try with sushi. South­ern Right Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2011. On a re­cent visit I dis­cov­ered that the Loire-like com­plex­ity of one of the Cape’s top cool-cli­mate wines is built by blend­ing five clones sourced from 17 vine­yards in Walker Bay. The 2011 vintage, a brand-new re­lease, is an ex­pres­sive synergy of in­tense green and riper trop­i­cal flavours with a gen­er­ous mouth-feel, typ­i­cal briny, min­eral char­ac­ter and long in­tense fin­ish. Two Oceans Pinot Gri­gio 2011. Va­ri­ety is the spice of life and Pinot Gri­gio is rid­ing the crest of a wave in Europe and the US. One of a hand­ful of lo­cal ver­sions, this aro­matic, light-bod­ied wine with a flo­ral bou­quet and a pot­pourri of apri­cot, peach and litchi flavours is crisp and tangy and a ver­sa­tile match for Ital­ian and Asian fare. Solms Delta Koloni 2010. The in­tense, con­cen­trated aroma and flavour of this unique blend of Muscat d’Alexan­drie and Muscat d’Fron­tig­nan is cre­ated by press­ing whole bunches of des­ic­cated (vine­cut) grapes, an an­cient wine­mak­ing tech­nique prac­tised on this in­no­va­tive wine farm in Franschhoek. Ma­tured for 10 months in French oak, this dry Muscat is vino di med­i­tazione, a di­ges­tif to con­tem­plate life af­ter din­ner. Wel­tevrede Vanilla Chardon­nay 2010. Philip Jonker, a bench­mark Chardon­nay wine­maker in the Robert­son Wine Val­ley, has re­leased an in­trigu­ing new wine that cap­tures the essence of vanilla, as well as but­ter­scotch, honey, co­conut and crème caramel. The rich trop­i­cal flavours of melon, mango, peach, pineap­ple and granadilla from these lime­stone vine­yards cre­ates a mag­i­cal alchemy of fruit and vanilla oak.

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