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MICHAEL GREEN’S WINE NOTES (article first published : 1999-09-25)

The L’Ormarins wine estate at Franschhoek is one of the most beautiful properties in the Western Cape. And under the ownership of Anthonij Rupert, son of Dr Anton Rupert, it produces beautiful wines to match the grand ambiance. Anthonij’s winemaker, Wrensch Roux, has excelled himself with three new vintages that have just been released. They are whites and, like most L’Ormarins wines, they offer good value when price is related to quality.

The 1998 L’Ormarins Rhine Riesling is a delicate, off-dry wine with fruity, slightly spicy and honey flavours on the nose and palate. The grapes came from vines planted 12 to 21 years ago at altitudes ranging from 200 to 400 metres above sea level. The retail price of the wine is about R19.

Pinot gris, a cousin of pinot noir, is widely planted in Europe but is a rare grape in South Africa. This wine is produced by only six Cape cellars and L’Ormarins has a particularly attractive version from vineyards planted between 1982 and 1986. It is off-dry, with gentle flavours of melon and guava and would go well by itself or with food that is not too strongly flavoured. Price about R21.

The 1998 L’Ormarins Grand vin Blanc is a 51/49 blend of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. The chardonnay lay in French oak casks for four months and it gives citrus and yeasty flavours to the blended wine. The sauvignon component contributes a lively fruitiness. A distinguished, full-bodied wine priced at about R20,50. Winemaker Wrensch Roux expects it to mature well over the next three years.

From the Bergkelder cellar at Stellenbosch comes a new vintage of Fleur du Cap Merlot, a wine that has been highly regarded for several years. The newly released 1997 vintage is right up to the mark; it won a Veritas Awards double gold medal last year. Matured in French oak for 12 months, the wine has a complex range of scents and flavours: blackberries, plums, cherries, vanilla. And, as winemaker Callie van Niekerk points out, “it has a long, lively aftertaste.” A high quality, big red wine (alcohol content 12,3%) at the reasonable retail price of R32,50.


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