Southend is a single vineyard lying in the shadow of the Babylonstoring Mountains in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and is owned and managed by the Pringle family. The vineyard faces SW on the mid slope opposite the Newton Johnson farm. It is a notably cooler slope with less sunshine and consequently slower ripening. It produces wines with compact structure, cool fruit flavours and vibrant, lengthy acidity.
Bracing lemon blossom tussling between tangy and sweet greets the nose. Slightly green limes and crisp pineapple makes up the body of the aroma, framed by the luxuriance of beeswax and a splattering of spice, as if from the sunshine. The sparkle of the fruit sets a course straight through the middle of the palate, cushioned by the fluffy, creamy texture in the rest of the mouth. The acidity engages and supports the flavour, leaving only dryness in the finish. Very Burgundian in style, at a fraction of the price.
Serve with roast chicken next Sunday.