Wine: Remhoogte Estate 2013
Wine of Origin: Simonsberg-Stellenbosch
Winemaker: Chris Boustred
Background: A new edition this year for Winemag.co.za’s wine competitions was to introduce their Ten Year Old Wine Awards. The competition, judging wines from the 2007 vintage, was open to all styles of wines. Editor of Winemag.co.za and Chairman of the judging panel, Christian Eedes, felt a need to initiate such a competition to see just how well our great Cape wines (this competition is for local wines only) fair after 10 years. Are our wines age worthy and better to drink after a period of time and of course a lot would depend on how and where the wines had been cellared over this time. 72 entries from 41 producers were received – one Méthode Cap Classique, 15 white wines, 52 reds and four fortified’s. Of these, 19 wines rated 90 points or more on the 100-point quality scale – six white wines, 10 red wines and three fortified’s. The wines entered had all been cellared at the various farms in ideal cellar conditions. I was pleased to see a favourite of mine from the Remhoogte stable receiving 91 points for their 2007 Estate Red. I recall the wine when released being powerful with rich fruit concentration and good tannin structure which would allow the wine the ability to develop in bottle for future enjoyment. So it was good to see that ten years on the wine was similar in structure but had softened and offered a silky smooth palate with its tannins and fruit now perfectly balanced. I believe there is a little of this wine still available from the farm but the current 2013 vintage is their latest release. The 2013 is a blend of 38%Cabernet Sauvignon, 36%Merot, 19%Shiraz and 7%Pinotage. Natural fermentation was done in 7000litre oak tanks and later transferred to smaller 225litre barrels for 24months maturation prior to bottling.
Result: Deep crimson in colour, aromas of black berries and ripe plum with hints of savoury tomato invite you to the palate where you experience the full, rich black fruit flavour along with lovely minerality leading to a well-defined finish.
When to drink: Now till 2023
Drink with what: Sunday roast!
Expect to pay: R159.00