01-02-2012

Welmoed: Everything collected under one roof

Calling themselves the “the company of wine people”, Welmoed is one of those wineries that offers pretty much something for everyone with a massive selection. They’re not an estate winery, but a co-op and as such, they have many levels and brands under one roof. Despite this, they’re still housed in a wine farm that dates back to 1690, halfway between Stellenbosch and the False Bay. From this springs the: Versus which are more simple, cheap wines for young adults, Arniston Bay which are “lifestyle wines” that are easy to drink, Welmoed (meaning, “to have courage”) which are young, single varietals wines that are a good quality and value for money, and last, Kumkani (Xosa word for king or chief) which are their premium, full bodied, aged in barrique wines that are only sold after aging for 4-5 years.

The Versus White 2009 is a sweet wine geared to those in the younger set who want something totally sweet and White Zinfandel-like which is pretty much completely what it is. R 21

The Welmoed Sauvignon Blanc 2010 has lots of green apples in the nose and is very tropical. The body is light and easy to drink, but without too much more beyond the nose elements to it. R 32

The Arniston Bay Reserve “barrel fermented” Chenin Blanc 2008 has a more structured nose with a bit of cedar and oak coming out but is a bit acidic in the finish. Shellfish and pork would pair well with it. R 43

The 2005 Kumkani VVS is comprised of 60% Viognier, 20% Verdelho, and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a good deal more oaky on the nose and heavier. The body is a bit sweet with a hint of strawberries and not nearly as light as the others. It has an initially dry finish that quickly fades out. R 69

The Welmoed Merlot 2009 has a good deal of pepper in the nose as well as a hint of mint. It’s very nicely balanced, with a full body that is dry in a way that can pair well with a good deal of foods. R 35

The Arniston Bay Reserve Shiraz 2007 has more black pepper to the nose. There is some kind of oak or tannic quality to that body that isn’t quite enjoyable but the finish comes up pretty clean though. R 43

The Kumkani Pinotage 2006 has a berry nose that again has a nice touch of pepper. The body is tannic and quite bold picking up some stewed fruit elements in it. There is a bit of cherry on the end of the finish which some might enjoy. R 63

We talk a great deal more about the wines of Stellenbosch and other Cape Town wineries in our Stellenbosch wine guide.

WINES

Ancestral Wine Cellar - Khikhvi 2014
First harvest of Khikhvi. Light apricot notes, peach skin, lemon peel. Citric in the mouth, fresh, lively acidity, vibrant. Very holistic, full and deliciously good.
100% Khikhvi · 12% · 30GEL
95 3 Stars

Petriaant Marani - Khikhvi 2015
Bruised red apple, touch of lemon peel, limestone minerality, and some white pepper notes at the back of it. High acidity and full in the mouth. Luscious, involving, elegant wine.
100% Khikhvi · 14% · 25GEL
94 3 Stars

Tchotiashvili - Khikhvi 2014
Apricot, yellow peach, orange peel, and a touch of honey. Quite complex aromatically. Orchard fruit much more prevalent in the mouth with young apricot notes. Rich and elegant, touch of astringency in the finish.
100% Khikhvi · 13.1% · 28GEL
93+ 3 Stars

Domaine of the Bee - Cuvée 2015
Ruby with minor garnet rim. Rich red fruits with an underpinning of ripe plum, orange peel, licorice, cocoa. Broad, round tannins with a touch of toast and sweet cocoa in a long finish. Manages to stay very light on the palate despite the higher alcohol.
50% Grenache 50% Carignan · 15% · 25EUR
93 2 Stars

Aquila del Torre - Primaluce 2015
Bruised yellow apple, bit of fig compote, chalky mineral notes, and hazelnut. Light oxidized touches that work to embellish the wine. Rich palate that carries lovely texture with the age of the wine.
100% Sauvignon Blanc · 13.5%
93 2 Stars

Domaine Augustin - Adéodat Blanc 2016
Lemon and white peach, strong kick of salinity, and toasted notes. Very fleshy and full on the palate, peach notes more prominent as well as Meyer lemon, medium plus acidity and a lengthy finish.
100% Grenache Gris · 14.5% · 20EUR
93 2 Stars

AA Badenhorst - Secateurs Red Blend 2012
Forest bramble with ripe red fruit, touches of cherry, ripe red plum, tiny bit of prune, cumin, anise, black licorice, wet cement mineral note, underlying fig jam. Crisp medium plus acidity, medium tannins, medium plus length, medium alcohol, overall medium plus body that’s ripe and lively but super fresh and balanced at the same time. Bit of rugged wildness to it but doesn’t get out of hand. Easy to drink but with just enough underlying complexity so that it stays interesting.
56% Syrah 27% Cinsaut 6% Grenache 4% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% "Others" · 13.5% · 12EUR
93 2 Stars

Domaine Treloar - Motus 2015
Dark ruby, minor rim. Big, mighty bouquet of red cherry and other brambly forest fruit, vanilla, almond blossom, orange peel, and cocoa. Rich and full on the palate with a wealth of tannins still integrating, leading into a crunchy, lingering finish.
80% Mourvèdre 10% Syrah 10% Grenache · 14% · 14EUR
93 2 Stars

Terroir Sense Fronteres - Guix Vermell 2017
Crisp red cherry fruit, touch of spice, flecks of pepper, baking spice, compacted, wet earth. Delicate on the palate, stays fresh, surprising high wealth of tannins, long finish.
100% Grenache · 13% · 250EUR
93+ 3 Stars

Domaine Madeloc - Crestall 2016
Ruby with light garnet rim. Mix of red and dark brambly fruits, eucalyptus, light leather, and orange blossom. Broad red fruits on the palate, lightly sweet aspect from the oak, rich dry tannins with a full structure and a long finish. Needs more time but quite good now.
100% · 14%
92 2 Stars