BOTTLE OF CAPE ROCK WHITE 2017
VIOGNIER 46 %, GRENACHE BLANC 26%, ROUSSANNE 21%, MARSANNE 7%
The Cape Rock 2017 vintage includes Marsanne for the first time. Fermentation and ageing in oak makes for a more stable wine and the slight oxidation that takes place adds interest to the final wine. Only older fine grain French oak barrels are used so that the barrels do not impart obvious oak derived flavours on the wine, if any such flavours at all.
The grapes for the 2017 vintage were picked before they reached full ripeness, resulting in a lean and full flavoured wine, displaying strong fruit flavours like melon, a touch of banana, white peach, pear, pineapple, lychee and apricot on the nose. The mouth feel is elegant and soft with good staying power. The wine is meant to be enjoyed in its youth in order to enjoy the fresh fruit flavours. Enjoyed on its own or with white meat, roast pork, cream based dishes or a variety of light seafood dishes, hearty meat stews or aromatic barbecues.
4.5-star Platter’s Wine Guide rating (94/100)
10 year old trellised, irrigated vineyard close to the floodplain, Spruitdrift, Olifants River, South Africa.