Wondrous Wellington Wines


13 June 2011

With the Stormers dominating local rugby headlines, it seems only right to start with the impressive 2008 chenin (R85) from Welbedacht, property of Schalk Burger and sons. The first element – and one which characterised every wine that was sampled and shared – was the enjoyment provided. While not easy to pinpoint, they offered appealing drinkability, a good balance of fruit, wood and acidity that never overwhelmed in intensity. A single block of 35-year-old bush vines provided the grapes for this vintage which proves that the Burger whites can hold their own alongside the dominant award-winning reds. Those looking for a lighthearted unwooded aperitif with honeyed fruit should try the farm’s Meerkat chenin (R35 ex-cellar) – one of only two whites in this fun third tier. Schalk Burger sr started producing his own wines in his new cellar in 2005, establishing an enviable record of quality and diversity in six short years. Follow this link:

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