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4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Elegant 20 (93 pts) displays earthy hedgerow fruit, mulberry & fynbos; on palate fruit is in perfect harmony with fragrant seasonings – coriander, meat spice & savoury oak, 15% new, 11 months. 20% wholebunch. Quite tight still, decant in youth. No 18, 19.
This is a clonal blend of SH1 & SH9, harvested from micro pockets of shale and granite soils. Grapes are harvested in crates, sorted and destemmed. Cool fermented, 20% whole bunch. Fermentation took place in open top fermentation vessels and the rising cap was punched down every 4-6 hours. Matured in larger format oak barrels for 11 months.
Intriguing notes of Fynbos shrub, Cape succulents, delicate red fruits, tilled earth, smoked venison and a kick of Eenzaamheid dust on the nose. The gentle tannic grip on the palate entry is sublimely supported by pure red fruits to flesh out the mid palate. Lively flavours of crunchy red currants, fresh herbs and a bright acidity to aid the wine’s freshness. The finish is supported by savoury notes of black olives, tobacco and dried herbs. The multi-faceted nuances need time to be appreciated – if you’re looking for a quick fix of dense fruit extraction and weighted new oak, stay clear. This wine needs time in the glass to release that understated elegance and subtle aromas of white pepper and cured meat voluptuousness.
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