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Cape Rock White, Olifants River, 2016

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Cape Rock is the creation of Gavin Brand, a mildly introverted and modest landscape architect in Cape Town. His family’s 11 hectare farm is near the Olifants river, between the towns of Vredendal and Klawer, 300kms. north of Cape Town and 30 km inland from Doringbaai on the west coast. Jancis Robinson wrote up the last vintage of this delicious white blend in the FT magazine before Christmas so our stock vanished quickly: but we all think the 2016 is better. From one complanted vineyard, it’s a blend of 40% Viognier, 31% Grenache Blanc and 29% Roussanne, barrel fermented, and aged for just a few months in old barrels.
This is a very polished wine, rounded, perfectly balanced, showing gentle peach fruit with a hint of fennel. There’s lanolin suavity and a dry stony character on the finish. Note too the lowish alcohol level, distinctly unusual in the new world. Now-2018

Cape Rock White, Olifants River, 2015

Product Code: CAP116

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Rated 2 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Region: Olifants River
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 11.5%
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