Former long-time Graham Beck white-wine maker Erika Obermeyer relishes the hands-on nature of own-label creation: liaising with growers, nurturing old, mostly dryland-farmed, sometimes bushvine sauvignon, chenin, cabernet and cinsaut, and vinifying in rented space with assistant Hans Johannes at her side. The ‘fun and engaging’ marketing through direct channels and social media should not detract from ‘serious, quality-driven’ wines - as the ratings below make abundantly clear. This fine debut makes Erika Obermeyer Wines our well-deserved Newcomer Winery of the Year, the first such award we have made.
Inky colour already cues you in on what’s to come; 2015 is deep & rich, plums & cassis, tobacco & savoury spice from 22 months French oak, 85% new, this is a big personality. Textured body, as befits the fruit, the tannins giving a good foundation, definition & a future.
Older Groenekloof vines than Meticulous. 2017 more restrained, less fruit-forward, has fynbos & minerality, tighter acidity yet with distinct richness from 30% barrel ferment/5 months ageing. Complex, sophisticated & poised. No rush to open: should show best in 3+ years.
Syrah at 53% dictates the styling, but other varieties have their say. Veil of fynbos honey & scrub on 2016’s tightly packed fruit, supple tannins, stemmy lift yet ultimately light & smooth, a mineral thread thanks to granite soils. Firgrove & Voor Paardeberg fruit. 10% new oak.