#215 Blaauwklippen Zinfandel 2018
VIDEO CONTENTS INDEX:
00:00 – AN INTRO TO THE HANDRINKSSOLO YOUTUBE CHANNEL
00:25 – AN INTRODUCTION TO BLAAUWKLIPPEN’S ZINFANDEL 2018
00:38 – THE MANY FACES OF ZINFANDEL
01:08 – CHALLENGING THE ZIN CLICHÉ
01:53 – WHAT DOES BLAAUWKLIPPEN ZINFANDEL TASTE LIKE?
03:04 – WHAT IS ZINFANDEL LIKE AS A GRAPE?
04:30 – WHAT DOES AN HONEST ZINFANDEL TASTE LIKE?
The Lighter Side of Zin
The Blaauklippen Zinfandel is one of only two Stellenbosch bottlings of the Zinfandel cultivar. The grape is ranked 25th amongst South Africa’s red grape varieties, and is the 55th most planted wine grape in South South Africa, only a few smidgens ahead of Meunier, Tinta Amarella and Carmenere. So there really isn’t a lot to go around. But perhaps the reason that its worth noting is that the two examples we do have of South African bottles are both incredibly distinctive, and supremely well made. What’s more, they are totally unlike the styles of California and Southern Italy (where it’s called “Primitivo”), which gives our South African Zinfandel / Primitivo examples there own little niche in the big, wide, varied world of wine.
Because our South African examples are so different to the general styles of both Italy and California, I spend a little time during this video digging into the Blaauwklippen philosophy how to treat this grape both in the vineyards, and in the cellar. And if you don’t have time for all that, then here are a few tasting note, and some technical details, so that you can skim through them, and then be on your merry way:
👃🏼 The rather generous vanguard carries a heady mix of strawberries, cherries, boiled candy, resin, acacia bark, cinnamon sticks, herbal tea and eucalyptus.
👄 The mouthfeel carries mostly red fruit; but with a sense of ripeness about it. The red plum and strawberry elements have a sweetness to them, but this is deftly reined in by hints of savoury leather, the bright sour cherry, and juicy pomegranate acidity. Then there is also some complicating cinnamon spice and red towards the aft. Tannins are fine, but firm.
🔬Wine of Origin Stellenbosch. 100% Zinfandel. Fruit is fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and open wooden casks, and then matured in 300 litre oak barrels for 12 months (27% new oak)
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