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Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Bucolic.

Today the launch of the new  eatery in the old stables of Durbanville property winery Diemersdal – heading up the kitchen is Nic van Wyk, previously of Terroir and Kleine Zalze lodge.

Welcome drink was the standard label Sauvignon Blanc, with tapas the Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2012 and with a main of basque-flavoured hake, asparagus and vinaigrette potato salad, the Grenache 2011.

Scores and tasting notes below:

Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc 2012: 15.5/20
Price: R49
Hint of reduction. Lime, green pepper, hint of granadilla. Smooth textured, coated acidity.

Diemersdal Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012: 15.5/20
Price: R75
Sweaty on nose. Very similar to the standard label but has more intensity, richness – not necessarily to its benefit.

Diemersdal Grenache 2011: 15/20
Price: R95
Red fruit, top note of vanilla, some reduction. Medium bodied, lacks fruit intensity but not unpleasant – third crop from vineyards planted in 2004. As winemaker Thys Louw observes, “You’ve got to start somewhere…”

On the way out, a taste of Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2012 selling for R120 a bottle.  This is much more compelling stuff: Some pyrazine dustiness, lime and green apple. Textured but not too much so. Well balanced – good fruity purity and bright acidity. A touch of paprika on the finish. Score: 16.5/20.

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