WELGEGUND HERITAGE WINES HONOURED IN TIM ATKIN’S 2019 SOUTH AFRICA SPECIAL REPORT

 

Welgegund Heritage Wines has broken the venerable 90-point barrier in Tim Atkin’s 2019 South Africa Special Report with two 2017 special releases from low-yielding dryland bush vines: Welgegund Heritage Wines Grenache Noir and Cinsault with 93 and 91 points respectively.

 Tim Atkin, a British Master of Wine and accomplished wine commentator with over 30 years’ experience under his belt, has extensive knowledge when it comes to South African wines. He tasted 2 115 local wines for his 2019 report, now in its seventh year and his largest yet. The wines are rated according to the international 100-point system.

WELGEGUND HERITAGE WINES GRENACHE NOIR AND CINSAULT 2017

 “We are overjoyed that the stature of our two 2017 maiden niche cultivar releases has been endorsed by acclaimed UK Master of Wine Tim Atkin. 2017 proved to be an exceptional vintage. Our Cinsault and Grenache Noir were normally destined for blending, but when I saw the quality of these varietals in barrel, I just knew I had to do single cultivar bottlings and show these wines to the world. The immense drought of the 2016/2017 season had created smaller Grenache and Cinsault berries bringing lovely colour and intense concentration to the wines, with a wealth of fruit, richness, texture and depth of flavour. We wanted to showcase the ample fruit and aromas unique to Grenache and Cinsault,” says Welgegund Heritage Wines winemaker, Friedrich Kühne.

WELGEGUND HERITAGE WINES GRENACHE NOIR 2017

In the vineyard and the cellar: This wine is produced from a high-altitude west-facing dryland bush vine vineyard planted in 2006. 50% of the wine was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas, with the balance aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak barrels.

Winemaker’s tasting notes: Bright and exuberant with light violet hues, the nose displays an abundance of blackberry and raspberry aromas with some subtle floral notes. The palate is soft, lean and refined, showing dark fruit, chocolate and black forest cake with a hint of cloves, powdery well-integrated tannins

Limited release: Only 1777 (the year Welgegund was established) individually numbered bottles were produced.

WELGEGUND HERITAGE WINES CINSAULT 2017

In the vineyard and the cellar: This wine is produced from a 1974 southwest-facing dryland bush vine heritage vineyard with an extremely low yield of 1.2 tons per hectare. A large portion of the wine (80%) was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas, with the balance aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak.

Winemaker’s tasting notes: Clear and bright with fresh purple hues, the nose displays an array of fresh berry aromas: cherries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries with a hint of spice. The palate is soft, juicy and consistent, showing liquorice and dark fruit flavours with subtle savoury notes, silky tannins and a persistent clean finish. “Our purest expression of Cinsault.”

Limited release: Only 1768 individually numbered bottles were produced.