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Winery of the Week: Guillaumé

Tongue in cheek, Johan Giliomee equates himself with Huguenot forebear Francois Guillaumé, tasked with starting an 18th-century Cape Colony silk business before becoming a sheep farmer (no wine-land grants apparently available at the time!). Likewise Johan, whose advertising career finally guided him ‘home’ to the Cape winelands where, farmless but inspired by iconic Bordeaux garagiste wineries like Le Pin and Valandraud, he handcrafts minuscule parcels in his garage in a quest to turn out SA versions of the Left and Right Bank.

Guillaumé Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

(87 pts)

Guillaumé range
Category: Cabernet sauvignon

Seasoned with drops merlot, cab franc & petit verdot, 2017 reflects strength of vintage. Stylish aromas of soft black berries, cedary new oak (51%) & sleek build, silky rich flesh framed by well-integrated, fine tannins. Properly dry finish.

Wine tasted by Newcomer/Returnee Team 2.

Guillaumé Le Phenix 2016

(83 pts)

Guillaumé range
Category: Red blends, Cape Bordeaux

Merlot-cab blend with drops cab franc & petit verdot, 2017 (85 pts) subtle dark fruits spiced with new oak (18%). Worth cellaring 3-5 years, with good structure, balanced grip restraining fresh, concentrated flavours. More finesse than 2016, mostly cab (75%) with merlot, cab franc & smidgen petit verdot. Opulent & sweetish from high alcohol (14.9%), contrasting firm tannins, grainy acid. Not for keeping.

Wine tasted by Newcomer/Returnee Team 2.

Guillaumé Rosé 2018

(82 pts)

Guillaumé range
Category: Rosé dry

Unusual cab, pinot noir, pinotage combo on peach-hued 2018, appearance matched by stonefruit flavours, ripe, juicy. Suggestion of sweetness though uncloying.

Wine tasted by Newcomer/Returnee Team 2.