Solms-Delta, Terroir Collection Verdelho Roussanne 750ml 2015South Africa, Western Cape
'50% Roussanne, 50% Verdelho sourced from the Voor Paardeberg and matured in foudre for 14 months. Intriguing aromatics of orange, stone fruit, earth, dried herbs and spice plus some yeasty complexity and a little nuttiness. The palate has particular presence being quite thick textured but equally possessing nervy acidity. It’s a carefully conceived wine, not exactly easy to drink as it’s quite forceful but very characterful.' – Christian Eedes, 93/100
This exceptional collection is made with specially sourced grapes from individual parcels that express the unique characteristics of their terroir. The wines’ distinctive characters are best suited to life’s singular moments.
The Roussanne and Verdelho is harvested from the same slope 100m apart from each other on the Paardeberg Mountain. The soil is mainly decomposed granite with some clay in the subsoil allowing for even ripening and good structure in the wine. Both vineyards are picked slightly riper to ensure flavour intensity, whilst still having the high natural acidity of Verdelho to balance the blend.
Roussanne 50% and Verdelho 50%. Barrel matured dry white blend. Whole bunch pressed and fermented in seasoned French oak Foudres. The wine was aged for 14 months in Foudres on gross lees. The Verdelho Roussanne has the potential to develop for up to 3-5 years.
Rich and powerful, the wine has notes of lime, pineapple, ginger preserve and savoury oak spice with an underlying mineral edge. The palate is generous, but knitted together with a focussed acidity giving the wine a linear finish.
Alc: 14.5% RS: 1.5 g/l TA: 6.1 g/l pH: 3.30
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JR: JancisRobinson.com | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WS: Wine Spectator