5 Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
A Cape classic, with maximum 5-star ratings since 03 debut. 20 (97 pts) has 80% sauvignon with Semillon; wholebunch-picked, natural ferment (like Reserve). Oak (40% new) adds savoury dimension & complexity without diminishing intensity of blackcurrant-led fruit. Silky, grippy finesse, combining lightness of texture with depth of flavour. Fascinating now, but made for ageing.
96 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
Made in a vintage that “taught us the virtues of patience”, according to Riandri Visser, this is also a wine that will reward cellaring. Combining barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, it comes from wind-buffeted blocks at the top of the farm and is suitably Atlantic in style, with chiselled acidity, kelp, citrus and pink grapefruit flavours and fine oak.
96 pts Winemag.co.za August 2022
What a beauty Isliedh 2020 from Cape Point Vineyards is. It consists of 80% Sauvignon Blanc fermented in French oak and 20% Semillon in amphorae, maturation lasting 10 months before a further five months in tank.
The nose is magnificently complex with notes of citrus, peach, blackcurrant, fynbos, white pepper and other spice plus a hint of reduction while the palate is rich and thick textured but equally vital and arresting thanks to a great line of acidity. Powerful and yet poised.
Isliedh is a remarkable combination of Cape coastal Sauvignon Blanc drenched in richly textured Sémillon. Both varieties adding to the complexity of the wine. The blend offers beautiful floral notes of white orchid, rose and peach blossom. The fruit leaps from the glass unveiling a harmonious blend of white fruits, ripe nectarine, pink grapefruit, figs and lemon curd. Hints of floral oak spice combined with fresh thyme gives the wine an extra layer of depth. The palate is rich, saline, full and textured with the classic long lasting mineral finish. 2020 – 28
The Sauvignon Blanc portion of this wine is hand-selected from a single vineyard parcel facing the toughest conditions on our sea-facing Vineyard; severe winds and rocky, decomposed granite soils result in tiny bunches packed with complexity.
The grapes were hand harvested from steep slopes in early hours of the morning. The Sauvignon Blanc component is barrel fermented in French oak. The Sémillon component is fermented in clay amphora pots according to ancient tradition, in order to better show the mineral qualities inherent in this wine