Youthful in colour with a very dark, almost opaque magenta core unwinding into a bright and
lively garnet rim.
The 2016 FIVE confidently opens with concentrated aromas of ripe blackcurrant, juicy plums
and fragrant dried herbs. This first impression shows bold, dark fruit, but with time to breathe,
the wine unfurls into a multitude of layers. Graphite and pencil shaving aromas start emerging
from the glass, and finally as the whirling liquid comes to rest; the bouquet closes with hints of
violet, cassis and wild fynbos florae.
The palate has a dramatic entry as one consumes the concentrated dark fruit flavours that were
evident on the nose. The textbook ripening conditions of the vintage combined with meticulous
attention to extraction- and maturation methods in the cellar, have led to a compellingly
structured wine with excellent freshness and depth. The palate displays great balance between
refinement and power, as the delicious fine-grain tannins provide a structured backbone and
incredible mouth-coating texture. The vibrant acidity offers freshness and a long, lingering
finish that will have you beckoning for another sip.
4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Mainly new oak (70%), 18 months, for 16 (93 pts) classic 5-variety Bordeaux red. Complex, layered, 3 main players, cab, cab franc & merlot give cassis, graphite, hint of scrub, with deep muscle tone for a fine future. Allow time for tannins to meld.
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