5 Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Dark & brooding aromas, hints of tar & roses on 18 (95 pts), plump yet suave & finely balanced, with a fresh vanilla finish. Excellent expression of the variety, like 17 (94 pts) well judged 40% new oak, 15 months, reining in the brashness of the vintage. Be patient this is a keeper
2019 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards – Gold
2019 Tim Atkin SA Special Report – 92 Points
2019 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards
South Africa’s most famous home-grown grape variety has been suited to the Durbanville area for decades, the cool coastal climate bringing a ream of fresh complexity to this famous red wine. This is one of Diemersdal stalwart red wines, half of which is crafted from the oldest block of dryland bush-vines on the estate and represents a cherished part of the Louw family’s wine-making heritage.
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 practice of dryland farming, sees the fruit develop slowly, drawing maximum variety expression on the vine. The result is bunches of small berries, ideal for making wines of structure, elegance and refinement.