I love sherry and sherry style wines. Having visited Jerez in Spain as long ago as 1968, having been captivated by Sherry, I was so thrilled to read about this new wine from Klein Amoskuil Farm in the Swartland.
The Klein Amoskuil’s Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is the oldest one of its kind in the country, and amazing in its ability to withstand the dry and warm Swartland conditions.
The Amos Block is made from these vines, which are harvested from mid to late January each year. It is fermented without any additives in old French barrels, and lightly fortified, after which a flor yeast culture is added and the wine is left to age in the Swartland heat. The primary bottling is a solera of three vintages, from 2014, 2015 and 2016. The result is a youthful, pale and dry fortified sherry-style wine, with aromatic hints of apples, almonds and walnuts. Amos Block is fresh and fully flavoured with a lingering finish. It is best suited to accompany a diverse selection of tapas-style food and must be consumed within a few days after opening. This is due to it being bottled straight from the barrel and totally unfiltered.
Head winemaker Charl du Plessis says of this new creation: “This has been a project a few years in the making, and is a truly exciting endeavour for our team. Using South Africa’s oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines was an honour, with the resulting product being something beautifully unique and memorable.”
The Amos Block Perpetual Reserve is available exclusively at the Spice Route Tasting Room located at Spice Route Destination in Paarl.
For more information, please visit Spice Route wines at www.spiceroutewines.co.za