Amalie


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Cathy Marston ‘food24 Vinatics!’
Solms-Delta Amalie 2010: “…a full-bodied and fruity dry white wine…(with) extra complexity. I recommend this with a robust and hearty chicken dish to make the most of the soft yellow stonefruit.”

Will Lyons: The Wall Street Journal
Amalie 2010: “…it has an unctuous nose, with notes of white peach and a faint trace of orange peel, with a restrained, tangy, mineral character on the palate.”

Cathy Marston ‘food24 Vinatics!’
Solms-Delta Amalie 2010:”…a full-bodied and fruity dry white wine…(with) extra complexity. I recommend this with a robust and hearty chicken dish to make the most of the soft yellow stonefruit.”

Stephen Satterfield, Founder & President, International Society of Africans in Wine (ISAW)
“….Solms-Delta evokes a warmth and authenticity ….the quality of the people is rivaled only by the quality of their astonishing wines, including perhaps the best dry white wine in South Africa,  Amalie….”

Greg Landman, ‘City Press’
“….totally delicious, nice and complex with spicy notes and a dry, creamy finish.”

Michael Fridjhon, ‘Business Day’
“A wine that for me is one of the most interesting whites produced in this country…rich without being heavy, delivering savoury rather than plush textures. At 13,5% alcohol, it is food-friendly and refreshing. Gems like [this] may not be on the shelves of every wine store – but they will handsomely repay the effort of tracking them down.”

Kayang Gagiano, ‘Sawubona’
“a complex, aromatic blend … a wine I fell in love with … delectably intense fruity flavours … delicious”

Ingrid Motteux, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
“Statement … with intense potpourri aromas. More serious, austere than sexy, hedonistic 06 but immense concentration and structure, bone-dry, pithy peach flavours and tangy finish” RATING * * * * ½ [Included among the Guide’s ‘Wines of the Year’ as “highly recommended”. Also rated “good value”.]

Michael Fridjhon, ‘Business Day’
“Remarkably southern French.”

Ludwig Maske, ‘Franschhoek Tatler’
“Perfect food wines”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
“Sexy, slightly decadent white blend … intriguing follow-up to maiden 05. Savoury, oxidative, earth & mineral touches all seamlessly meshed & quite superb.” RATING * * * * + [Included among the Guide’s ‘Wines of the Year’ which “show particular potential for cellaring.”]

Tim James, ‘Grape.co.za’
“participates at the modest end of this [estate’s] unusualness, but it is full of character and interest as well as eminent drinkability … The viognier shows through in the aromas and on the palate with a peachy perfume that is, happily, subtle enough to allow other – wild and scrubby – notes to show too. It’s a powerful, concentrated wine … but also restrained, with a richness well supported by a fine acidity and good, appropriate oaking. Already integrated and drinking well, the wine should benefit from a further year or two in the bottle.” RATING 17

John Maytham, ‘Cape Talk’
“even better than the 2005 … very, very, very good wine indeed”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide – 2007’
“Authoritative, sleek and supple dry white … realises promise … remarkably refined, intriguing floral, mineral, earthy hints; fascinating ginger twist. Delicious, with few years potential … Elegant and classic, as is whole range”

Angela Lloyd, ‘The John Platter Guide’
“rich mouthfeel, satisfying vinosity, savouriness.”

Michael Fridjhon, ‘The Weekender’
“delicious”

Michael Fridjhon, ‘Business Day’
“remarkably Rhone-like, rich but not heavy, lowish in alcohol … with peachy viognier whiffs and subtle hints of anise … infinitely more satisfying than many of the trophy whites”.

Tim James, ‘grape.co.za’
“an interesting and welcomingly different-tasting wine. Although it is heavily dominated by viognier (81%), the grenache blanc remainder works some magic, toning down the usually very obvious perfume into a subtle apricot, with attractive boiled sweets overtones. The six months it spent in new oak barrels no doubt plays a role here (though there’s no obvious oakiness), as it does in building the roundness and richness of the wine in the mouth, where a pleasing earthiness also comes into play. It’s dry, with a lovely fresh acidity helping to make it a good food wine.” RATING 16.5

Neil Pendock, ‘Sunday Times’
“fresh flavours of peach and honey”.

Allan Mullins, ‘Taste’
“a bold, concentrated mouthful with dried apricot, white peach flavours and a light toastiness … it will age superbly”.

‘Wine’
RATING * * * *

Ludwig Maske, ‘Sunday Times’
“stunning”

David Biggs, ‘Cape Argus’
“one of the most exciting white wines I have tasted in the Cape … this stunner is an unusual blend … should find a ready market”

John Maytham, ‘Cape Talk’
“stunning; one of the most interesting wines of 2005”

Greg Landman, ‘SA Country Life’
“another really big one … an intriguing blend … unusual cultivars … highly aromatic on the nose, with plenty of fruit and a lingering, barely perceptible suggestion of sweetness, a mere whisper … which stays in the mouth after swallowing … The wood does not overpower the fruit, giving it interesting tannic support instead … subtle complexities – most beguiling.”

‘Top Billing’
“An intense wine with beautiful perfume and big flavours”

Mary Jane Harris, ‘Woman & Home’
“Exceptional blend … rich and interesting. The intense fruit adapts easily to a range of assertive flavours.”

‘Icon’
“A golden-white blend with intense fruit, layers of complexity and a deliciously lingering finish.”

Myrna Robins, ‘Weekend Argus’
“a complex, different and unusual white, opulent viognier tempered by grenache blanc”.

Graham Howe, ‘House & Leisure’
“treat[s] a jaded palate … intensely flavoured.”.

Cathy Marston, ‘Nosing Around’
“Even more delighted when I tasted it – ripe apricots and peaches tempered with a herbal edge”.

Diana Proctor, ‘Natal Mercury’
“fragrant … wonderful peachy hints with a touch of anise, cut through with an acidity that makes it a really food-friendly wine”

Sonja Burger, ‘Farmers Weekly’
“One of the best white wines I’ve tasted this year … sure to impress your connoisseur friends.”

‘Wynbouweekblad’
“‘n heerlike gehoute wit versnit”

Mary Jane Harris, ‘Woman & Home’
“exceptional … rich and interesting … rich fruit adapts easily to a range of assertive flavours”

‘Icon’
“a golden white-wine blend with intense fruit, layers of complexity and a deliciously lingering finish”

Jacqui Latimer, ‘Good Taste’
“graceful floral intrigue”

2012 Vintage

A white blend of Viognier (58%) Grenache blanc (30%) and Roussanne (12%). The Grenach Blanc and Roussanne was tank fermented and aged on the lees to maintain vibrancy and fresh aromatics. The Viognier was given skin contact over-night to extract maximum flavours and then fermented in 300L barrels. Intense and complex, with aromatics ranging from ripe citrus to stone fruit. The wine is full bodied with a lively core that rewards with a persistent finish.
The alcohol content is 14% Vol
Residual sugar 4.2 gm/l
Total Acidity 6.6 gm/l
pH 3.34
Recommended retail price ZAR110.00
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2010 Vintage

A white blend of Grenache blanc (19%), Viognier (48%) and Roussanne (33%). Grenache blanc was desiccated to give a concentrated component to this intense Rhone style white blend, the Roussanne and Viognier was picked fully ripe. The grapes were given skin contact over-night to extract maximum flavours from the skin. The fermentation happened in oak barrels.  Golden-rich, aromatic and fruity wine, with lingering complexity and well-integrated tannic structure.
The alcohol content is 13.5% Vol
Residual sugar 2.9 gm/l
Total Acidity 5.6 gm/l
pH 3.39
Recommended retail price ZAR110.00
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2009 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

A white blend of Grenache blanc (49%) and Viognier (51%). The grapes were desiccated on the vine. Both grape varieties fermented and matured separately for eleven months in new French oak barrels and blended prior to bottling. Golden-rich, aromatic and fruity wine, with lingering complexity and well-integrated tannic structure.
The alcohol content is 13% Vol
Residual sugar 4.6 gm/l
Total Acidity 6.2 gm/l
pH 3.18
Recommended retail price ZAR96.00
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2007 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

A white blend of Grenache blanc (66%) and Viognier (34%). The grapes were desiccated on the vine. Both grape varieties fermented and matured separately for eleven months in new French oak barrels and blended prior to bottling. Golden-rich, aromatic and fruity wine, with lingering complexity and well-integrated tannic structure.
The alcohol content is 13% Vol
Residual sugar 2.1 gm/l
Total Acidity 5.8 gm/l
pH 3.17
Recommended retail price ZAR84.00

2006 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

2006 vintage (released February 2007)
A white blend of Viognier (55%) and Grenache blanc (45%) and was matured for 8 months in new French oak. It was bottled in November 2006.
The alcohol content is 13.5%/vol
Residual Sugar 4.9 gm/l
Total Acidity 5.76 gm/l
pH 3.09

2005 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

A white wine blend of Viognier (81%) and Grenache blanc (19%) and was matured for 6 months in new French oak. It was bottled in August 2005.
The alcohol content is 13%/vol
Residual Sugar 2.3 gm/l
Total Acidity 5.94 gm/l
pH 3.4

Solms-Delta Amalie

Amalie is a white wine blend of Viognier and Grenache Blanc. The Solms winemaking philosophy dictates that the Grenache blanc grapes are desiccated on the vine according to an ancient Greek practice to concentrate colour and flavours. The fully ripe grapes are then harvested and crushed in the cellar where they are given 24 hours’ skin contact at 5° C. It is a barrel-matured dry white wine blend, with intense fruit, layers of complexity and a well-integrated tannic structure and lingering finish. Amalie is a wine to set new standards in white blending.

Princess Amalie zu Solms-Braunfels was immortalised by Rembrandt in 1632. After her marriage to the Prince of Orange, she played a significant role in Dutch political life. Her grandson, William III, King of England, provided refuge and financial support to thousands of French Huguenots after the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685. Among these, some 180 souls were relocated to the Cape and granted farms in the immediate vicinity of Delta (then called Zandvliet) where they laid the foundations of the modern South African wine industry.

The Viognier was sourced from six different sites to achieve a complex flavour spectrum. Both grape varieties were fermented and matured separately in new French oak barrels for a slow fermentation and extended lees maturation, and were blended prior to bottling.

For other white wine blends by Solms-Delta, try Koloni, a desiccated white wine or the Vastrap white wine blend or experience the Solms-Delta Vineyards, Cellar and Wine Tour to taste the full range.