Adamastor

Vintage description

We experienced a normal winter and a mild spring, these favourable conditions during the flowering period resulted in better bunch setting. Very cold and windy conditions in December, with constant Southeasters, cooled water temperatures in the surrounding oceans. This resulted in one of our coolest vintages yet.

A normal crop of 5t/ha was handpicked between the 20th and 25th of February for both cultivars. We attained full ripeness at 22.5ºB due to the cool season (1.5ºB lower than normal). The constant Southeasters and accompanying drizzle caused a few sleepless nights due to the risk of sour rot. We managed to pick before any damage occurred. One can’t expect a cool season without risk.

The resulting 2011 wine has lower alcohol level than normal, with huge aging potential due to its chalky dry finish.

Adamastor

Adamastor is the mythical god of wind and storms. He represents the tempestuous forces of nature that Portuguese sailors such as Bartholomew Diaz had to overcome when rounding Africa’s tip at Cape Agulhas.

The grapes for this wine come from Africa’s southernmost vineyards, not far from where Diaz rounded the continent. We contend with the same relentless winds that faced him on his voyages. Low yields and intense flavours are the rewards we reap.

It is thus fitting to name this superb Bordeaux-style Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc blend after Adamastor.

Tasting Notes

  • Wet gravel with an intense flintiness, combined with floral aromas.
  • Full and creamy on the palate, with a combination of toasted oak flavours and a dry minerality on the aftertaste.
A bottle of Strandveld Adamastor 2008 wine
Rate this Wine
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (4 votes, average: 4.25 out of 5)
Loading...

Awards

640true dots under 100true false 1000none
  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide1

    2010

    Gold Medal: Old Mutual Trophy

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide2

    2010

    Four and a half stars: Platter’s Wine Guide 2012

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 30
    Slide3

    2010

    Silver Medal: Veritas Awards

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide4

    2009

    Five Stars: Platter’s Wine Guide 2011

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide5

    2009

    Four Stars (17/20): Decanter Magazine

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide6

    2009

    Silver Medal: Veritas Awards

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide7

    2009

    Silver Medal (Best In Class): International Wine & Spirits Competition

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide8

    2008

    Regional Top White Blend: SA Terroir Wine Awards

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide9

    2008

    Gold Medal: Tri Nations Challenge

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide10

    2008

    Silver Medal: Old Mutual Trophy

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide11

    2008

    Silver Medal: Veritas Awards

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide12

    2008

    Four and a half stars: Platters Wine Guide 2010

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide13

    2008

    18/20: Decanter Magazine – January 2012

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide14

    2007

    Best in Class Silver: International Wine and Spirits Challenge

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide15

    2007

    Silver Medal: Michelangelo Awards

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide16

    2007

    Top White Blend Award: SA Terroir Wine Awards

  • 5000 slideright true 440 right 100
    Slide17

    2007

    Gold Medal: Swiss Airlines Wine Awards