Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Black Elephant Vintners is a partnership between Kevin Swart, Raymond Ndlovu and winemaker Jacques Wentzel.
Franschhoek have a handful of excellent established wineries and one of my latest discoveries has been Black Elephant Vintners, a company producing labels such as Amistad, La Petite Vigne, The Back Roads Die Perdeskoen, Timothy White, and Two Dogs, A Peacock & A Horse.
I like the fact that they showcase the terroir of Franschhoek, as such for one exception, is Back Roads label, hence the name, all wines produced are under the "Wine of Origin Franschhoek". They should be applauded for this daring decision and efforts, it's all in the dirt!
They are wines of character, with a sense of place and integrity, palpable across the range, showcasing purity and elegance over power and oak, they are succulent, lively with bright acidity, table friendly range, will make any gathering with friends a highlight, seek them out, they are fantastic!
La Petite Vigne Deep Red Rose 2013 85 Points
Timothy White The Sauvignon Blanc 2013 89+ Points
Two Dogs, a Peacock & a Horse Sauvignon Blanc 2013 90 Points
Timothy White The Viognier 2012 91+ Points
The Back Roads Die Perdeskoen Pinotage 2012 93 Points
Amistad Syrah 2012 94 Points