95 pts Decanter Magazine Top 20 Cape Cabernet Sauvignon’s for 2020
Famous South African golfer Ernie Els retains a share in this winery but it is now predominantly German-owned, with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon set to be a particular focus. This vintage (8% Petit Verdot) combines fruit power with detail. Aromatics of blue and black fruit, some attractive herbal character plus oak spice on a plush, smooth-textured palate. Drink: 2020-2027.
4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Lovely rich fruit depth in 17 (94 pts) with dark spice and cedar overlay, fine-grained tannins & restrained oaking, just 10% new. A dab of petit verdot adds complexity & gravitas. Delicious now but without doubt a keeper.
2020 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report Top 10
92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 40% new. Aromatics of blue and black fruit, some attractive herbal character plus oak spice. Very rich and full yet still wonderfully detailed on the palate – this has a dense core of fruit with smooth tannins and makes a big impression.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot vineyards grow on the warm north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. The Hutton Clovelly soils contain a high gravel content which offers rich middle palate weight giving this wine exceptional depth and fruit purity. With an altitude of approximately 250 metres above sea level together with the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean just 15 kilometres away, this extends the ripening period by up to 3 weeks resulting in lovely phenolic ripeness.
Red berry fruits billow from the glass with classic cigar notes over elegant crushed dried herbs, black cherry and ripe plums with red cherry freshness. The entry is inviting, fresh with a vibrant youthful energy of bouncy red fruit and an earthy undertow. The tannins are still tight, medium bodied and fresh expressing the crystalline character of the 2017 vintage. As the wine evolves in the glass there is an attractive tension between red and black fruit with a hint of liquorice over a linear focused and dry finish.