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Oldenburg Vineyards South Africa

Derek - Fri, December 06, 2013

Oldenburg Vineyards

Stellenbosch

White Wines

Chenin Blanc 2012 91 2013-16

Tasted at the Carlton Club November 2013

The fruit is ripe the nose full and sweet fruited and there is a rich feel to the start of the palate some tropical fruits underpinned by pineapple. Behind these rich flavours there is enough citrus to balance and refresh and although the back palate is lighter crisper the finish is rich fruited.

Chardonnay 2012 92 2013-17

Tasted at the Carlton Club November 2013

The nose has a racy freshness very lime driven but the palate has the richness of ripe greengage and melon layers of flavour lots of complexity. The ripe fruited middle gives way to lime and apple freshness at the back and this gives a lighter bright feel to the finish.

Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 92 2013-20

Tasted at the Carlton Club November 2013

Cassis dominates the nose packed with black fruits and the palate has the richness of ripe fruit. Rounded tannins help the suppleness the fleshy fruit on the mid palate underpinned by dark chocolate and liquorice yet there is some bramble freshness. The finish is lovely and rich deep and long.

Cabernet Franc 2010 93 2013-20

Tasted at the Carlton Club November 2013

The nose has a complex mix of flavours black fruited with hints of spice and an underlying herbal freshness. Black fruits dominate the fruit feels ripe the mid palate fleshy and sweet yet at the back it is lighter fresher herbal and spicy on the finish.

Syrah 2010 90 2013-18

Tasted at the Carlton Club November 2013

Black fruits tend to dominate but they are underpinned by some red the freshness giving a lighter feel on the mid palate. The tannins are quite obvious firm and they tend to hold back some of the fruit but there is a little more richness right at the back with black pepper spicing up the finish.

Rhodium 2010 94 2013-24

Merlot 50% Cabernet Franc 40 % Malbec 10%

Tasted at the Carlton Club November 2013

The nose is rich deep and brooding and there are a lot of powerful flavours on the palate. Black plum enriches the mid palate ripe tannins helping the fleshy suppleness yet there is and underlying freshness herbal and brambly at the back. The finish though has depth and a black fruited richness.

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