95 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
“Very dry with very small berries” is how Gottfried Mocke sums up the 2020 vintage in Stellenbosch. Sourced from four vineyards in Faure and on the Helderberg, this is powerful, structured and intense, with lots of body and backbone. Partnering Cabernet Sauvignon with 4% Cabernet Franc, it’s bold and inky, with classic black cherry and blackcurrant fruit and vanilla-scented 65% new wood. Natural acidity freshens the finish. 2024-32
4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Richer than sibling & with broader shoulders (14.9% alc), brooding 20 (93 pts) displays traditional power with precision, ripe black fruit with leafy freshness from dab cab franc.
Made from selected parcels of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards planted on the northwestern facing slopes of the Helderberg mountain and south-eastern facing slope of the Polkadraai Hills. These parcels of excellent Cabernet Sauvignon grow on a combination of deep decomposed granite soils with Table Mountain sandstone and “koffieklip”. The mild maritime influences from the cool False Bay coast and granitic soils are evident in this wine’s hallmark minerality and classic graphite-like profile. The Helderberg ward of Stellenbosch, which is influenced by its maritime micro-climate, experienced a moderate growth season which allowed for harvest to take place within the traditional window and minimal vine stress. Apart from the average weather conditions, 2020 saw a windy season which resulted in smaller berries with a high pulp-to-juice ratio. These ideal conditions contributed to beautifully ripe, healthy bunches which allowed for the phenolic brightness of Cabernet Sauvignon to be embraced, delivering a full-bodied wine with a focus on tannins, rather than acidity. The 2020 vintage was again vinified entirely at Boekenhoutskloof in tulip-shaped concrete tanks with élevage on our OXOline system. The vinification and élevage processes significantly impact the style, resulting in a more refined claret-like structure with dark fruits and graphite.
Bold aromas of ripe brambles, mulberries, blackberries, and cassis dominate an inviting, sophisticated nose with whiffs of graphite and cedar. The complex berry fruit character of the nose follows through onto a juicy palate with flavours of blueberries, plum sauce, and nuances of Cape fynbos, bay leaf, wet gravel, and pencil lead. Fine-grained, powdery tannins and integrated lemony acidity add to the fine structure of the wine and its exceptional balance. Subtle notes of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and oregano persist on a smooth, rich finish