This white Bordeaux blend (60% Sauvignon Blanc / 40% Semillon) named the Century immediately draws the eye with its clear, brilliant light yellow colour still tinged with green. The wine leads with a complex nose combining pear drops, lemon sorbet, mandarin peel, fennel and figs with a subtle touch of waxy lanolin imparted by the inclusion of Semillon. “Wow factor” entry onto the palate where the citrus tones of kumquats and mandarins, quince and sun-ripened golden delicious apples inter-twine with an oyster shell mineral core and well balanced acidity. A satisfying wine, displaying layers of fruit completed by a well-rounded and creamy mouth feel.
Whilst this wine drinks extremely well now it is expected to develop even greater complexity with further maturation. The Century 2016 achieves both elegance and boldness making it a worthy pairing with fresh oysters, pan seared kingklip with a creamy walnut cheese sauce, pulled lemon and herb chicken, asparagus in a rich béarnaise sauce or crisply roasted duck.
Vinified by Joris van Almenkerk at Almenkerk Wine Estate in Elgin
It has been named “The Century” in honour of Mr. Douglas Moodie of Eikenhof, who attained 100 years of age in September 2011. Mr. Moodie was one of the primary founders of the fruit industry within the Elgin Valley and it is his far reaching vision which we wish to salute with this wine.
Platter’s: As usual, unoaked blend of 60/40 sauvignon (blackcurrant, tropical) & semillon (lemon, beeswax) offers fresh, well-balanced, dry charm in 2016. **** 86/100