Beaumont Walker Bay
Based in the Bot River Valley, the Beaumont family farm is halfway between the coastal village of Hermanus and the higher altitude vineyards of Elgin. Good reds are fashioned here as well as some of the better Chenin Blancs in the Cape. In addition to the wines covered here Goutte d’Or (Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc), the premium Vitruvian red blend and Mouvèdre along with a port should be well worth seeking out. The regular Chenin Blanc is cool-fermented and has a small portion fermented in barrel. Drink it young and fresh. The Hope Marguerite is altogether firmer and more structured with dried apricot and citrus fruit and an underlying mineral character. From the oldest vines, naturally low-yielding, this sees 14 months in oak on lees. Pinotage provides another example of the potential here for this variety. Fresh and berry-fruited with good structure and acidity it avoids much of the overpoweringly acetone character found in other examples. Ageing is in a mix of mainly French and American oak, around a quarter new. The Ariane is an elegant berry-laden, lightly plummy and minty Bordeaux styled blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc aged in French oak, 25% new. Also among the reds and offering real depth and character is the darkly spicy blackberry and herb-spiced Shiraz Mourvèdre. The winery also have a partnership with LUDDITE, Villiersdorp Cellars and Paul CLUVER producing a small range of easy drinking reds, a white and a rosé from Elgin fruit, labelled SLOWINE. (DM)
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