Survivor launches the new vintage at Spek & Bone, Stellenbosch

Survivor launches the new vintage at Spek & Bone, Stellenbosch

John & Lynne Ford

Survivor is one of the brands of the Overhex winery near Worcester and we were invited to taste the new vintage  of their wines at Bertus Basson's new wine bar and small plate restaurant, Spek & Bone... It is exciting when good wine is paired with a top chef's food, so we were delighted to accept, especially when they sent a minibus to take us there and back...

...The new Survivor MCC (85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir) is made by Melanie van der Merwe who makes very good MCC under her own brand, Tanzanite. She has been working with Overhex for several years to produce this wine. Its vintage is 2011. It has spent five years on the lees in the bottle. It is yeasty, bready with apples and a hint of raspberry on the nose. Golden Delicious apples and some soft raspberry hints on the palate...

...The Wild Yeast Chardonnay (shouldn't that be the Wild Beast Chardonnay?) is full of citrus and ripe apples on the nose and cooked apples on the palate. It has some sweetness and goes well with food...

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