4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Rich & ripe, touch juicer than opulent Journal sibling, 20 (94 pts)’s lively feel enhanced by elegant tannins & red-berry freshness, but hampered by 15% alcohol, unlike 19 (95 pts). Delicious savoury touches of liquorice & spice.
91 pts Tim Atkin Mw 2022
Structure is the aim of this age-worthy Pinotage, according to winemaker Juandré Brewer. Packing nearly 15% alcohol, it hails from two blocks of 23-year-old vines and is an intense, plush, 40% new wood-aged style with plum and summer berry fruit, chocolate and vanilla spice top notes and impressive backbone. 2022-27
90 pts James Suckling Jan 2022
Aromas of blackberries, olives, dark cherries, mocha and caramel. Medium to full body with fresh acidity. Creamy and juicy with lots of chewy fruit, olives and chocolate. Rich finish. Sustainable. Drink or hold.
These grapes were harvested at optimum phenolic ripeness. Grapes for this wine comes from 44 year old bush vines and 24 year old trellised vines. Fermented in 1 ton open fermenter for 4 days at 26-28°C. Punch through and pumped over every 3 hours. 100% MLF completed spontaneous in 225 L French oak barrels.
A combination of old and new. The Pinotage grapes come from a 44-year-old bush vine and 24-year-old trellised vines. The vines are rooted in deep red Hutton soils on north-facing slopes, catching the southerly breezes of summer and the frontal winds that punish the Cape from the north in winter. Cool growing conditions on exposed aspects, as well as the practise of dryland farming, sees the fruit develop slowly, drawing maximum variety expression on the vine. The result is tight bunches of small berries, ideal for making wines of structure, elegance and refinement.
Full bodied with dark berry and plum flavours and well balanced with complex aromas from French Oak barrels. A wine with a longer lingering finish.
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