Koen Roose’s single-minded, terroir-driven approach encapsulates the passion that will redefine the Cape wine industry. His decade-long quest is finally paying off with his limited Spioenkop range of wines – each is a 95-point…

Koen Roose’s single-minded, terroir-driven approach encapsulates the passion that will redefine the Cape wine industry. His decade-long quest is finally paying off with his limited Spioenkop range of wines – each is a 95-point benchmark in its class.

The two that best capture this spirit are the Spioenkop 2017 Riesling and 2018 Pinotage. The Riesling is, without a doubt, SA’s finest as noted by Tim Atkin MW, whilst the Pinotage, which scored 95/100 from Christian Eedes, impresses with its marvellous sense of refinement and restraint. An inspiring set of wines!

Koen’s two highly-rated Chenin Blancs are also well worth seeking out. Of the two, the 2018 Spioenkop Sarah Raal is more defined and linear, while the 2017 Johanna Brandt is fuller and more textured. These wines speak of the clear, distilled vision of Spioenkop.

Tasting notes:

Spioenkop, Riesling 2017 
Consistently the best Riesling in South Africa, this incredible, dry Alsace-style white is mineral, leesy and bright, with stone-sucking acidity, lots of extract and concentration and lime-like freshness. Drink: 2019-2027. – Tim Atkin MW, 95/100

Pear, peach, green apple and lime plus hints of petrol and smoky reduction on the nose. A vivid palate with pure fruit and racy acidity, the finish extremely long and bone-dry. Precise and direct, this once again sets the standard for what can be done with this variety in South Africa. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

Spioenkop, Pinotage 2018 
100% own grapes. 30% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 15 months in barrel, 60% new. Quite a heady mix of black cherry, flowers and earth plus a little oak spice on the nose. Really dense on the palate – impressive fruit purity, fresh acidity and quite firm tannins. Seems a little richer and riper than 2015. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

 

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