Sakkie Mouton Family Wines Vloedvlak Colombar 2022

It's always a delight to see a wine fly in the face of the limitations set by wine textbooks.

We're taught that Colombard - or Colombar, as it's often called in South Africa - is a neutral grape most often used in the distillation for brandy or to bulk out inexpensive white wine blends. Hence my excitement at finding this old vine Colombard - its potential was recognised by the winemaker, thoughtful winemaking was applied to nurture that vision, and the results are unlike any wine student could dream for this grape.

Sakkie Mouton Family Wines Vloedvlak Colombar 2022

The Wine:

Very pale lemon with a surprisingly pronounced nose of honeysuckle, beeswax, ripe but subtle apricots and peaches, Granny Smith apples, mandarins, a hint of nutmeg, and...I know I have an active imagination but I’m going to add distant old smoke and sticky dark toffee.

Dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) bodied with a weighty mouthfeel, medium alcohol, and a long finish. The palate is juicy and bright - naartjies!, tart nectarines, and greengage. And yes, there’s some ‘signature’ salinity in the background...but more salty ‘meebos’ (salted dried apricots) and a little seaside brine. It’s the tongue coating long hug texture, along with a little naartjie peel zing that’s so addictive.

Vini + Viti:

100% Colombard grapes planted for distillation just outside Vredendal along the Olifantsrivier in 1978. Vloedvlak means flood level - the method used to irrigate these vines.

Overnight chilling, then destemmed and crushed into an old basket press with no enzymes. Settled overnight in a stainless steel tank, then racked into a different stainless steel tank for natural fermentation that lasted for 1 month.

Thereafter, the wine was aged on its gross lees in 500L barrels for 4 months with regular lees stirring. All together now...say it with me: unfined and unfiltered!

Sakkie Mouton Family Wines Vloedvlak Colombar 2022
Sakkie Mouton Family Wines Vloedvlak Colombar 2022

Final thoughts: 

I Coravin-ed this because, in all honesty, it is the most expensive Colombard I’ve ever bought. The nose makes promises of complexity; the palate is what one would expect of this grape variety... except that it has the most wonderful weighty mouthfeel. And over 2 days (I never learn that Coravin gas is wasted on Sakkie's addictive wines) the aromas seem to have morphed...which has me rather excited to try this wine again in a year or two once it has fully melded. Sakkie described it as :

"it needs some dust on the shelf!! It's like an old man who got waken up too early, never a good idea".

As always, these tiny production quantity wines fly off the, although they 'need some dust', it's best to grab them while you can!

Find the Wine:

Sakkie Mouton Family Wines

The wines are also available in these parts of the world:

Kaap tot Kaap wyn - Netherlands
Unico real wines - Norway
Vinosa - UK
Handford Wines - UK

Click here to read about the Mouton Family Wines Revenge Of The Crayfish 2020, Mouton Family Wines Sand Erf Vermentino 2021, and Full On Misfit Blanc 2020 .

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