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Winery of the Week: Roodekrantz Wines

The splendid array of, especially, certified heritage block chenins gives the clue to the aim of this brand. It was established by the Burgers of Roodekrantz farm and the Morkels of Diemerskraal, to channel rare old-vine fruit from large commercial blends into a range of premium wines, thereby adding value for the grower and discouraging grubbing up. The grapes are widely sourced, and vinified by Danie Morkel in a boutique cellar on Diemerskraal, north of Wellington - with two newcomers this year.


Roodekrantz Wines Brand se Berg 2020

(94 pts)

Old Vine range
Category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry

From 1975 Agter Paarl chenin bushvines on weathered shale. Intense & lovely 2020, but not overtly fruity, aromas. Penetrating, stoney mineral acidity & a sweet, peachy core give elegance & charm, & the greatest complexity of this range of fine chenins. More 

Wine tasted by Tim James.


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Roodekrantz Wines Chardonnay 2021

(84 pts)

Life Style range
Category: Chardonnay unwooded

2021 previewed very young (still fermenty), but forthcoming & likely to have flavourful citrus character & confirm itself as elegantly fresh. 10% oaked portion for breadth. More 

Wine tasted by Tim James.


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Roodekrantz Wines Chenin Blanc 1974 2020

(86 pts)

Old Vine range
Category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry

Bottled 2020 shows better than last year, especially given air, but still needs time. Earthy aromatic element with pear & stonefruit, some restrained richness from a little sugar. Like previous & next 3, previewed last edition & now bottled. More 

Wine tasted by Tim James.


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Roodekrantz Wines Cinsault 1954 2020

(85 pts)

Old Vine range
Category: Cinsaut

Ripe dark fruit & faint spicy perfume on 2020. Not new wave in style: big & a touch heavy (14.4% alcohol), sweet-finishing. Less lightness than 2019 (4 stars, 87 pts). More 

Wine tasted by Tim James.


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Roodekrantz Wines Coronet 2020

(84 pts)

Barrel Selections
Category: Cabernet sauvignon

Easygoing 2020 from 70% syrah with durif & tannat. Very ripe mulberry fruitiness, gently smooth tannic structure. Last tasted 2015 (4 stars, 86 pts) was from cab. WO Coastal, like next. More 

Wine tasted by Tim James.


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Roodekrantz Wines Die Kliphuis 2020

(90 pts)

Old Vine range
Category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry

Off Swartland decomposed granite, vines planted 1968. Stony savouriness & salty tang on now-bottled 2020, with a bright & grippy fresh elegance & a subtle intricacy of flavour. Old oak ferment & maturation, as all this range unless noted. More 

Wine tasted by Tim James.


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Roodekrantz Wines Pinotage 2019

(83 pts)

Life Style range
Category: Pinotage

Big & ripe 2019, 70% unoaked for brighter fruitiness. Tasty it is, with 14.5% alcohol generosity & a gentle tannic tug. More 

Wine tasted by Tim James.


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