James Suckling Tasting Notes Springfontein

James Suckling Tasting Notes
January 2020
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Springfontein Walker Bay Ulumbaza White 2017
Score: 91 Points
A delicious, everyday white that has medium body and a creamy texture, showing plenty of cooked-apple, lemon and crushed-stone character. Flavorful. A blend of 32% sauvignon blanc, 27% chardonnay, 21% semillon and 20% pinotage. Drink now. Screw cap.
 
Springfontein Walker Bay Ulumbaza Red 2016
Score: 92 Points
Lots of crushed-blackberry and plum aromas and flavors here with some asphalt undertones. A full-bodied and creamy red with round tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Shows intensity and focus. A blend of 42% pinotage, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 20% shiraz and 8% petit verdot. Drink now or hold. Screw cap.
 
Springfontein Pinotage Walker Bay Terroir Selection 2016
Score: 92 Points
A fresh, fine-tannined pinotage with bright berries, hints of chocolate and some hazelnuts. It builds on the palate with lots of fruit and ripe tannins. Drink or hold.
 
Springfontein Chenin Blanc Walker Bay Terroir Selection 2018
Score: 92 Points
Aromas of peaches and lemons follow through to a medium body, bright acidity and a vivid finish. Shows delicious and focused fruit. Drink now.
 
Springfontein Pinotage Walker Bay Jonathan’s Ridge Single Vineyard 2016
Score: 92 Points
Outstanding intensity of blackberries and blue slate on the nose. Medium body, round and juicy tannins and a succulent, savory finish with orange-peel undertones. Subtle pinotage. Drink or hold.
 
Springfontein Pinotage Walker Bay Jonathan’s Ridge Single Vineyard 2015
Score: 94 Points
This is a gorgeous, single-vineyard pinotage with aromas and flavors of crushed blackberries and plums.
Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and an intense and very rich finish. It goes on for minutes with spice and earth undertones. An opulent yet fresh example of this. Drink or hold.
 
Springfontein Walker Bay Limestone Rocks Whole Lotta Love 2015
Score: 93 Points
A rich, powerful blend of 59% pinotage, 21% petit verdot and 20% syrah with lots of body and round, creamy tannins. Shows blackberry and cherry character. Long and flavorful. Drinkable now, but better after a couple of years.
 
Springfontein Walker Bay Limestone Rocks Whole Lotta Love 2016
Score: 93 Points
A little less opulent than the 2015 rendition of this wine, yet it’s intense and focused with very pretty aromas and flavors of ripe berries and chocolate that come through nicely. Medium to full body, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of 55% pinotage, 23% petit verdot and 22% shiraz. Drink or hold.
 
Springfontein Pinotage Blanc Walker Bay Daredevil’s Drums Blushes Inverse 2018
Score: 91 Points
A creamy, flavorful white with sliced apples and peaches and some crushed stones. Medium-to fullbodied, round and delicious. Not the most complex white, but satisfying. Drink now.
 
Springfontein Chenin Blanc Walker Bay Jill’s Dune Single Vineyard 2016
Score: 94 Points
Impressively rich chenin with sliced dried-peach, pineapple and lanolin aromas and flavors. It’s fullbodied, dense and lightly phenolic, yet remains spicy and minerally with a vivid finish. Drink or hold.
 
Springfontein Walker Bay Limestone Rocks Dark Side of The Moon 2015
Score: 94 Points
This is a fascinating blend of 43% chenin blanc, 38% pinotage and 19% chardonnay that delivers lots of dried-pineapple and cooked-apple character with hints of toasted oak and lemon rind. Full body. Flavorful finish. Drink now.
 
Springfontein Walker Bay Limestone Rocks Dark Side of The Moon 2016
Score: 95 Points
Extremely ripe and rich white with so much sliced dried-pineapple and cooked-apple character with spice and vanilla. Full bodied, layered and flavorful. A blend of 46% chenin blanc, 34% pinotage and 20% chardonnay. Drink now.
 

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