(2017) A wine I always enjoy, and this 2016 vintage is a good one, 175g/l of residual sugar putting it fully in the dessert wine category. Made from late-harvested grapes and made in steel tanks, its a pristine style, though laden with honey, glycerine and nectarine fruit. On the palate it has richness of texture without being 'sticky', and real intensity: there's keen acidity at the core to ensure that, put the lush tropical and very ripe pear fruit flows towards the finish impressively. Price for a half bottle. For more information, please watch the video.
(2017) Named after the 5600 guilders the original Dutch settler paid for the Nederburg estate, a purchase of this wine generates a small donation to the #DoYourPart charity providing bicycles to some of South Africa's most underprivileged citizens. It opens with good generic pear and apple fruit, a little touch of exotic lychee and passion fruit, in bright style. In the mouth it has a touch of sweetness, but it is vivacious and flavourful, nodding towards the tropical, with enough acidity to balance and make it slip down very easily. Watch the video for more information on this wine and the charity.
(2017) Getting a Pinot Noir on the shelves at under £6 is a rare thing these days, and Nederburg have done not a bad job with this cherry cola-like, light and easy-drinking version. Cherry pits and briar on the nose, a touch of twiggy character, then the palate of modest red fruits - raspberry edged - light earthiness and a sour lemon acidity. It's no great Pinot by world standards, and a bit abrupt, but it is quaffable.
(2017) Though classified as a Vin de France, the fruit for this wine comes from the Languedoc, a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Merlot. It is boldly cherry and raspberry scented, the palate soft in tannins, medium bodied, and very much the epitome of easy-drinking with modest but sweet fruit and a nice, fresh finish.
(2017) Plums and cherry skins on the nose, a touch of smouldering bonfire, in a nicely judged Merlot where sweet and ripe fruit has enough plushness without becoming too jammy, with easy-going tannins to give it a bit of grip.
(2017) I've reviewed several of the premium 'Ghost Corner' wines of winemaker David Nieuwoudt in the past, but fewer from his Cederberg project in a remote, high-altitude region where few others make wine. It's a fresh and vibrant style of Sauvignon, very pale in colour but with nettle and asparagus as well as peachy fruit. In the mouth it punches through in nervy, dry style, lots of mineral salts and lemon, just tempered by that hint of peachiness, but all about the steely clarity of the finish.
(2017) Sourced from Chile's Central Valleys, and bearing a lovely label depicting Georges Seurat's lovely 'Bathers at Asnières' on the label, this is a modestly-oaked Chardonnay with orange and lime through more tropical peachy aromas, and flavours that marry the same to a firm lemon and lightly salty acidity.
(2017) Maybe it's the cool of the high altitude vineyards, but there's a touch of the Sauvignon Blancs about this Chenin, certainly exotic fruit and gooseberry notes, as well as a more expected apple and light lanolin quality. A blast of tangy pink grapefruit reverberates across the palate, a great core of acidity punching through, some melon skin and lime peel bite and texture, and a long, dry finish of some style.
(2017) A lovely organic (and biodynamic) Chardonnay from film-maker Michael Seresin's Marlborough estate, the high quality French oak perhaps a trifle obvious on the nose for some, but I enjoyed its nutty, buttery sense of opulence because the tangy lime and crunchy, vivid red apple fruit more than matches on the palate, with that salty mineral edge adding another layer of complexity, the broad texture sliced through by the tensioning acidity. A long, poised Chardonnay in a classic, quite Burgundian mould.
(2017) The grape here is Bianchello (stockist The Daily Drinker never ceases to surprise me with new varieties). Though some authorities say it is a local Marche synonym for Trebbiano, others disagree confident that it is a variety all of its own. It has quite a deep greeny-gold colour, and quite a waxy, attractive nose suggesting waxy lime skins and apple peel, and a tiny floral note. On the palate it is full-textured and full flavoured, a really nice bitter almond bite to the finish, and a white wine with a bit of substance.