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.
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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.
A carefully crafted blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 12%
Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec, matured for 18 months in 70% new and 30% second-fill French
oak (225L) barrels. Following maturation, the wine only received a very light filtration before
making its way into bottle on 29 November 2017. With no fining agents used during the
production of this wine, a harmless sediment may occur during maturation in the bottle. This
wine will continue to develop admirably during bottle ageing, under ideal cellaring conditions
for 10 to 15 years from vintage.