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Groenland Tasting - 28th March '23

On the 28th of March Anri Bester Gerber came and presented the wines of Groenland, from the Bottelary Hills to us. Anri’s tasting are always brilliant and fun. And the 28th was such, a really great tasting as per usual from our friend Anri! The following was the tasting and the scores that each wine received.

1. Groenland Pinotage Rose 2022

Colour- pink, to onion peal. Nose- citrus, raspberry and cherries. Palate- crisp acidity, red and black berries, as well as cherries, raspberry, with lingering cherries.

Score- 15.80.

2. Landskap Bush Vines Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Colour- light green to golden. Nose- pear drops, peach, citrus and gooseberry. Palate- crisp acidity, soft, gooseberry, sherbet, peach, with lingering gooseberry fruit.

Score- 16.24.

3. Groenland Classic Range Antonnette Marie 2019 (61% Merlot, 27% Shiraz & 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, mixture of French and American wood)

Colour- inky red gradating to light red rim. Nose- savory, dark chocolate, cassis, toffee. Palate- crisp acidity and soft tannins, savory and meaty, cassis, chocolate, dark berries lingering to the finish.

Score- 15.78.

4. Groenland Premium Merlot 2017 (75% New French oak for 12 months)

Colour- inky dark red with no gradation to the rim. Nose- dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, toffee. Palate- savory, chocolate, meaty, spicy, cocoa, tobacco, herbs, Christmas Cake, toffee on finish.

Score- 16.53.

5. Groenland Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (75% New French wood for 12 months)

Colour- inky dark red with no gradation to rim. Nose- marzipan, cassis, black cherries, chocolate. Palate- crisp acidity, cassis, cedar box, tobacco, firm but soft tannins, black cherries, great Cabernet.

Score- 17.50 (sixth best wine for Vats for 2023 so far).

6. Groenland Steenkamp Red 2016 ( 50% Cabernet Sauvignon & 50% Merlot, 100% new wood for 12 months)

Colour- inky dark red, no gradation to rim. Nose- cassis, black cherries, fynbos, tobacco. Palate- crisp acidity, firm tannins, chocolate, black cherries, cedar box, lean but full in the mouth, with lingering black fruit and cassis to the finish.

Score- 17.61 (fourth best wine for Vats so far in 2023).

Wow really good quality wines, with great scores. Bottelary has some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon out there. Thanks to Anri for bringing the Steenkamp for us to taste, it was Vats’s first time. The best was the Steenkamp, which rated fourth best for Vats so far in 2023 and second was the Premium Cabernet Sauvignon, which is placed sixth for the year. Fantastic tasting, filled with information about the farm and the lovely people who make the wine‘s! Thanks once again to Anri for bringing these lovely wines to us.

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