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.
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.
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.