Quote from Platters Wine Guide 2020: “Most of the grapes off Tjuks and Johan Roos’ Helderberg farm go elsewhere. But Gus Dale and Ricardo Admas make a few wines in traditional manner – their name (‘Philanthropist’ and ‘School Principal’) alluding to the educational benevolence behind this brand, named for a famous ruby player and educationist relative. A crèche for the children of farm personnel is long established, but a grander new one has been opened. Meanwhile the wines are being more widely exported.”
★★★★☆ Die Filantroop Bright, clean aromas on 17 (91 points) blend of 72% shiraz with cab and pinotage (no merlot this year). 13.5% alcohol and touch richer and riper than previous, but properly dry and still a feeling of restraint. Wholeberry, natural ferment. Well and firmly structured, should benefit from keeping.
★★★★☆ Susan This 16 (91 points) a once-off tribute to Susan Roos, with Filantroop’s varieties but cab now in the lead (64%). Tobacco aromas and more obvious sweet fruit is the result – perhaps more immediatly charming too, but still a very serious structure.
★★★★☆ Die Skoolhoof Chenin with 18% chardonnay adding a lemony note in 17 (92 points), but maintaining the distinctive earthy tinge to the good fruit. Lively and fresh, with fine (natural) acidity, but also weight and texture; sweet-fruited elegance and dry, lingering finish. Native yeasts for all these – TJ
Location/WO: Stellenbosch ▪ Map: Helderberg • Map grid reference: C1 ▪ Est. 2008 • 1stB 2014 ▪ Tasting, sales and cellar tours by appointment ▪ Owners: Tjuks & Johan Roos, Paul Roos Farming Trust ▪ Cellarmaster: Augustus Dale (June 2012), ▪ Winemaker: Ricardo Adams (1998) ▪ Viticulturists: Piet Adams(1974), with Jan Julius ▪ 24ha/18ha (cab, merlot, pinotage, shiraz, chard, chenin) ▪ 7t/±800cs own label 40% red 60% white ▪ IPW, GlobalGAP, WIETA ▪ PO Box 397, Stellenbosch, 7599 ▪ firstname.lastname@example.org ▪ www.paulrooswine.com S34° 0′ 57.5″ E018° 49′ 2.6″ ▪ F: +27 (0)86-645-6706 ▪ T: +27 (0)21-855-3628