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Solms Delta Amalie 2012

Towards the end of last year, Hagen Viljoen came across from Zevenwacht to succeed Hilko Hegewisch as winemaker at Solms-Delta on the outskirts of Franschhoek. Recently three new wines

Solms Astor Vastrap 2012
Price: R50
Chenin Blanc, Semillon. Peach and some thatch on the nose. Surprising weight and texture for a wine with an abv of only 12.5% and moderate acidity. Easily likeable.

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Solms Delta Amalie 2012
Price: R110
58% Viognier 58%, 30% Grenache Blanc , 12% Roussanne.
Peach and apricot, some waxiness and spice. Quite good concentration, tangy acidity. Viljoen apparently wants to put the focus more on fruit purity and aromatics, moving away from the oxidative style that characterised this wine in the past. This will surely give it more commercial appeal but this vintage currently seems to lack the intrigue of previous. Will this come with time in bottle?

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Solms Delta Lekkerwijn 2012
Price: R67
61% Grenache, 26% Mourvèdre and 13% Viognier. An ak matured dry rosé, this shows vague strawberry and spice. Quite rich and full by the category’s standards but a bit listless.

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Comments

  1. Nkulu Mkhwanazi says:

    I recall tasting the Amalie 2010 and I was blown away. It was an impressive wine very intense and well rounded. CEO I will try the 2012 soon and see if I agree with you.

  2. I’ve tried very hard to like Solm’s wines in the past, but I could never get past the overripe dessicated style on the red wines. I hope that the new wine maker will take it in a new direction and that they move away from that style.

    • The technique of desiccation does impact definitively on the style of the wine. Going forward this approach will be confined to our desiccated range (Africana, Koloni and Gemoedsrus) As for the rest only time will tell : )

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