It’s the question that occupies the minds of most wine consumers and also many wine buyers… which wines offer great value!?
Today we opened up a selection of excellent value wines for a visiting UK wine journalist and I snuck in after lunch to taste and review five of my favourites.
Welbedacht Estate Bohemian Syrah, WO Wellington 2016 – 92+/100
A big, bold, impressive creation not unlike its owner Schalk Burger Senior. Packed full of sweet blueberry, baking spices, grilled herbs, black olive, black cherry and pithy plum skins. Fleshy and broad, this wine has grown in stature and acquired extra balance and depth in the past 6 months. Ready to go now. Braai optional!
Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Red 2017, WO Swartland, 14 Abv. – 91/100
A blend of 90% Syrah, 4% Carignan, 2% Grenache, 2% Cinsault, 1% Tinta Barroca, 1% Mourvèdre. Beautiful sweet grilled herbs, barbecued meat fat and fleshy, sappy black berry fruits. Plenty of cured meat nuances, black olive and a deliciously distinguished long finish. Real class for the money.
Bosman 8 Generations 2018, WO Wellington, 12 Abv. – 88+/100
Clean direct and pure, this shows grassy thatch, dry bush veld and sweet resinous sappy notes. Definite dried lemon peel, herbs and gravel minerality and a cool, stony finish. Impressive price / quality ratio.
Alheit Family Flotsam & Jetsam 2017, WO Western Cape, 13.5 Abv. – 91+/100
Fabulously sappy, stemmy, grassy, wet thatch and mineral yellow orchard fruits. Classy depth and superb concentration. Lovely wine with a sprinkle of Chris Alheit magic.
Sumaridge Chardonnay 2014, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, 13 Abv. – 92/100
Instant Meursault-like richness and exoticism, liquid minerality, resinous sap and spice and an underlying core of smokey, peachy, spicy apple and citrus pastille fruits. Old world ringer. Just tastes so Burgundian! An intriguing cool climate Walker Bay wine that packs a really complex punch.