Spioenkop Johanna Brandt
Elegant gooseberry flavours with thrilling minerality. Produced in the highlands of Elgin. 13.5%Alc.
The Johanna Brandt 2016 vineyards are planted on shale at a slightly lower altitude of 200-270masl. Pressed in the same manner as the sister wine, this wine went straight to old French barrels for natural fermentation and elevage. Bottled late December 2016. Approximately 4000 bottles produced.
‘No sooner does the 2015 vintage of the 1900 Chenin Blanc from Elgin producer Spioenkop rate 5 Stars in Platter’s than it is dispensed with. Whereas this wine contained a portion of Stellenbosch fruit, winemaker Koen Roose opted to make two versions of Chenin Blanc sourced entirely from his own property in 2016, the wines named after prominent figures of the Anglo-Boer War.
‘Johanna Brandt was a leader of the “pettitcoat commando” during the Boer War, emphasising Spioenkop’s links with the conflict. Sourced from shale soils, it sees 30% new oak and has plenty of concentration, with apple and quince fruit, some baking spices and thrilling minerality. 2018-24′. – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2017, 94/100
From shale soil. Matured for 11 months in French oak, 20% new. Apple, yellow peach, vanilla and spice on the nose. Concentrated fruit and tangy acidity before a savoury finish. Not too rich or heavy but very direct, the oak sitting a little apart at this stage.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za