I should have to admit approaching our meeting with Arendsig with a degree of scepticism as Robertson still struggles to command the respect afforded to Stellenbosch and Hermanus but my doubts proved to be totally unfounded as these were some of the most exciting wines that we tasted during our visit. Lourens Van Der Westhuizen`s winery may lack the grandeur and, let`s be honest, size of some of his peers to the west but this is a property that just screams `authenticity`. We had been fortunate to visit some stunningly beautiful wineries over the previous 10 days, many with stylish restaurants and showpiece cellars but this is the reality of winemaking for so many – battling against shortage of space and ferments that won`t do as they`re told, to create wines of unbelievable class.
All the wines are very site specific with the block no. stated on the label together with the (frequently tiny) number of bottles produced. Neutral vessels are used for maturation such that the character of the vineyard is allowed to shine through and only natural yeasts are used for the fermentation. Elegance and balance are the keywords here, together with length; these are wines that just beg to be drunk.
23 year old vineyard managed by Lourens. Really appealing, nutty style. Interesting and beautifully textured. Great length. - Chris Connolly
A truly electric and oh so lovely wine! Ground marble and fresh limes in a caipirinha kind of way. A taut mineral structure with very lean, clean and crisp finish. Bright, brittle and brilliant. Your taste buds will start vibrating around your mouth as soon as the first drop hits your tongue. It`s as nervous as an electric eel on its first day at school when it finds out he hasn`t got any pants on! Drinking this wine is like being defibrillated by lightning on a lime-soaked marble slab. This vintage carries a little more flesh on the bones than the previous but is otherwise our skeletal friend.
eally well defined old vine fruit grips you by the chops with its gentle hands. The first then second sip release a staccato flurry of words through your head… blossoms... red flowers… fresh... bright... tight... clean... natural acidity… complex.. Almost a grapefruity tightness to this style of wine that opens up, rounds out and grows. The lovely clipped structure needs time or breathe or blood and flesh to hang onto… it’s a zombie wine that wants to dig its claws into something! Serious old vine vineyard from a classic Clare area. Almost challengingly restrained for the impatient.