5 Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Grapes from diverse areas supply this always-excellent, wood-dabbed premium sauvignon. Now bottled 19 ***** (95 pts) rich, round, tropical fruit $ wet pebble minerality perfectly aligned with creamy vanilla from oak. Concentrated & intense at laudably moderate 13% alcohol.
The 2019 vintage will be remembered as one that followed the most severe drought in South Africa during 2018. In the second half of 2018, supporting rainfall ensured good soil moisture with cool and moderate ripening and harvesting conditions for 60% of the intake of the 2019 vintage. The 2019 crop was medium sized, resulting in some excellent wines.
Pale straw in colour with a fresh and invigorating nose. The wine displays aromas of sour pineapple, fresh honeydew cantaloupe, Packham’s pears and an underlying creamy richness from extended lees contact. This complex and multidimensional wine will develop in both the glass and the bottle with time. Decant slowly to ensure optimum drinking pleasure.
The complexity of the Koetshuis promises excellent maturation potential and the wine will no doubt develop further over the next 3 to 5 years.