Recently a tasting of the new releases in Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes range, each wine commemorating a prominent figure in the Paarl cellar’s history. This range was launched for the first time about a year ago (see here) and then I was prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt. Now, however, I have to say I think they are generally too pedestrian - there’s a sense of “safety first” about the wines and I’d really like to see more excitement from cellarmaster Razvan Macici and team.
The Young Airhawk 2012
Wooded Sauvignon Blanc. A shy nose. Vague green melon flavour. Plump and smooth textured on the palate with nicely coated acidity but lacks flavour intensity and appears a bit listless.
The Anchorman 2012
Wooded Chenin Blanc. The 2011 impressed but for whatever reason this does not appear to be in the same league. Again rich and smooth textured but not very expressive – vague peach and vanilla aromas and flavours.
The Beautiful Lady 2012
Wine of the day. Grapes sourced from the same Stellenbosch farm used by Günter Brözel to produce the Gewűrztraminer entry that earned him the title of Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in 1985. A delicate floral note on the nose while the palate shows litchi and spice. Lots of concentration but remains well balanced thanks to bright acidity. Residual sugar: 22.7g/l and total acidity: 6.1g/l.
The Motorcycle Marvel 2010
Grenache, Carignan, Shiraz. Red fruit, some spice plus an earthy quality. Medium bodied but simultaneously quite broad – ripe fruit, moderate acidity, soft tannins.
The Brewmaster 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Red and black fruit plus some cigar box and spice. Full bodied but classically styled with good clean fruit and fresh acidity. Savoury and rather understated overall.