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Winery of the Week: Elemental Bob

Part of the natural winemaking wave, Somerset West-based boutique vintner Craig Sheard is focused on fresh, personality-driven wines that ‘take you on a sensory and spiritual journey’. His latest (2016) bottlings include new fruit sources - Helderberg and Wellington (where, he remarks, ‘I thought I would never get grapes from’) - and all the wines were partly bunch-fermented. The whites also had 3 days of skin contact, imparting ‘an illuminating light golden colour, with an uplifting salty mineral palate’.


Elemental Bob Chenin Blanc 2016

Retro Series
Category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry

Skin-macerated 2016 commands attention from start to finish: deep yellow hue, unexpected smoky overlay, marked dryness, exceptional presence at just 12% alcohol. Edgy, as intended. Widely sourced fruit. More 

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.


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Elemental Bob Grenache Blanc 2016

Retro Series
Category: Grenache blanc

Exotic tangerine, dried banana on leesy, skin-macerated 2016. Full bodied (yet just 13.2% alcohol) & mouth coating, with persistent grip, enlivening 14% verdelho. Small portion whole bunch, 3 days skin contact, 10 months old oak, as other whites. More 

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.


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Elemental Bob Pinot Noir 2016

Retro Series
Category: Pinot noir

Like all Craig Sheard's wines, 2016 feels natural, free of artifice & adornment, 'unplugged', the cherry fruit delightful but unassertive, lovely fynbos & fresh herb notes, gently gruff tannins. Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge & Overberg fruit. Some whole bunches & 10 months older oak, as next. More 

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.


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Elemental Bob Red 2015

My Cosmic Hand range
Category: Pinot noir

From pinot noir, 2015 effusive cherry pie & strawberry cheesecake notes, alluring stalkiness & savoury tannin lifted by succulent acidity. Light (12.5% alcohol) but no lightweight. Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge & Overberg fruit, 40% bunch fermented, older French oak. More 

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.


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Elemental Bob Red Blend 2016

Retro Series
Category: Red blends, other

Elegant 2016's perfumed bouquet & restrained 12.2% alcohol belie considerable flavour intensity, intricate tannin structure. Cinsaut & 20% pinot noir from Stellenbosch & Hemel-en-Aarde. More 

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.


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Elemental Bob White 2015

My Cosmic Hand range
Category: White blends, wooded, dry

Intense 2015 from viognier, chenin, verdelho & semillon, exuding complex lemon zest, peach & apricot aromas with distinctive white pepper spicing. Fresh & juicy, but savoury & saline, not fruit-sweet. Pithy grip from 40% whole bunches, 7 days skin contact, 10 months old oak. More 

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.


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