Zinfandel is remarkably unusual in SA. I had quite the adventure breaking down the grape for my father, who helped polish off these wines (see the Zinfandel Cap Classique review here) – and the more I spoke to/overwhelmed him, the more I realised just how unique these wines are here. Blaauwklippen were the first to plant these Zinfandel vines in SA in 1977 and is one of only 3 producers.
An inviting pretty pale copper and fairly pronounced nose of orange blossoms, confected macerated cherries, strawberries and cream, raspberry, lime cordial, grapefruit, tart nectarines and a hint of nutmeggy cinnamony spice. Brace yourself for the acidity and enjoy the very decent length of the finish.
Dry and hiiiiigh acidity, lighter bodied than a more common Grenache rosé, medium alcohol, and a very decent finish. Super tart on the palate…with more lime sherbet, grapefruit and tart nectarines than berry.
Viti + Vini:
The Zinfandel grapes were planted on the Tukulu and Kroonstad soils on the Stellenbosch estate in 1991 and 2001. The Malbec grapes are from a block planted in Klapmuts soil.
The grapes went through light whole bunch pressing for a light colour extraction but still with optimal flavour. The juice was settled for 24 hours, racked to stainless steel tanks, and underwent a cold fermentation to preserve the aromatics. Lees stirring for 3 months to add texture and, no doubt, a touch more flavour.
I think this wine is begging to be paired with salmon sushi or pork belly…or a crisp summery salad drizzled in an olive oil based vinaigrette. Something to temper the voracious acidity.
Many thanks to Blaauwklippen for erasing all memories of White Zin from my palate 😂. You have no idea how much-needed this was!
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