Bosman, Fides Grenache Blanc 750ml 2017South Africa, Wellington
Wine is made in their historic 260 year old cellar, but their approach is progressive and innovative: a plant improvement until ensures that Bosman remains at the forefront of the development of new, clean plant material and varietals; while their vine nursery ensures a continous supply of healthy rootstock and vines.
'Winemaking can become a seamless process where the aim is to eliminate any room for error,' says Cellar master Corlea Fourie. 'But then we stagnate, producing the same old, same old. So we are constantly trying something new here, using new practices and looking at ancient traditions and seeing how we can make something from that combination that is really good. And that’s where Fides comes in.'
Although a rarity today, orange wines have been made for 6 000 years, originating in Georgia and Northern Italy. Yet the process is still the same: white grapes are fermented on their skins giving the wine a golden/orange colour and a complex texture, tannin and flavour. Corlea describes these wines as showing 'the next level in fruit maturation'.
The Bosman orange wine, Fides, is made from a single vineyard of Grenache Blanc which is naturally fermented. The name Fides is taken from the Bosman family motto: ‘Fides, Spes et Amor’ meaning Faith, Hope and Love. Fides reminds them of the trust necessary between people and nature to craft something truly remarkable.
The current vintage has yet to be tasted, the tasting notes below are from the previous vintage:
'From bush vines planted in 2011, the 2016 Fides Grenache Blanc has a deep straw hue. The bouquet is attractive: dried honey, peach skin and yellow flowers are all nicely defined. The palate is waxy-textured on the entry, and a light oxidative note imparts pistachio and hazelnut notes. A light spiciness emerges toward the finish. Drink now and over the next five years.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 90/100
'A light amber gold. Complex dried, waxy orange peel, marzipan with secondary fruit characters. Instead of simply tasting fruit or flowers this wine tastes of bruised apple, pot pourri and candied peel.' – Winemaker
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