‘The 2014 was startlingly good…but this is even more accomplished.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za
Patatsfontein is a winemaking venture formed by Reenen Borman of Boschkloof, fund manager Henk Kotze and Fritz Schoon – ‘Master’ baker of Schoon De Companje in Stellenbosch. The maiden 2014 Steen was produced from a 30-year-old vineyard on Fritz’s family farm, fruit that was formerly sold to the Montagu Co-Operative. It was Tim Atkin’s White Wine Discovery of the Year and changed the status quo of what can be achieved in a region essentially known for sweet Muscadel.
The 2015 is a step-up from the stellar 2014, showing an unbelievable array of dried fruits, minerality, savoury complexity and phenomenal length. Produced naturally and raised in older oak, it is wonderfully rich and yet deftly poised. This old vine Chenin Blanc has fast become one of South Africa’s finest.
Just as exciting is the new-release Patatsblanc (also from Montagu), which Eedes describes as both ‘striking’ and ‘smashable’. A ‘wit versnit’ of 90% Colombard and 10% Chenin, could this be the wine to put Colombard on the fine wine map? It too shows a wonderful balance of acidity and texture, packed with flavour and delight. It offers excellent value and both wines will sell out in a flash.
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Patatsfontein Steen 2015 – R 265
The 2015: 40% malolactic fermentation, maturation lasting 11 months in older oak. On the nose, white peach, subtle notes of spice and fynbos plus just the right amount of leesy character. The palate has great fruit concentration and nicely coated acidity – it’s a wonderfully poised wine and not at all weighty which makes it entirely invigorating to drink. The 2014 was startlingly good but this is even more accomplished. –Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100
Patatsfontein Patatsblanc 2015 – R 135
90% Colombard, with the rest Chenin Blanc. This wine over-delivers by the bucket load. It is vivid, bright and, while drinking very well now, this is very much a serious wine. Great texture and linearity combine to balance the complexities of the wine. A delightful surprise when tasted in January 2016. I hope to drink many many more of these. – James Pietersen
The trio behind Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc have come up with a blend of 90% Colombard and 10% Chenin that’s wonderfully light and crisp but by no means frivolous. A pretty and expressive nose of white flowers and white peach. Pure fruit with lovely acidity and a pithy finish – a striking wine which also happens to be entirely smashable. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100