4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Finer, more refined aromas than Kadette version, subtly spicy & scrubby. 19 (94 pts) dense more than heavy, fresher than 14.5% alcohol & 100% new wood suggest – beautifully balanced & lively, with characteristic sweet fruit but a fairly dry finish.
94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
It’s no mean feat to make 75,000 bottles of a Pinotage of this quality, which expresses all of the good things about the variety and none of its weaknesses. Rich, supple and violet scented, with glossy tannins, fine 80% new oak and succulent strawberry and blackberry fruit. 2023-30
92 pts Decanter May 2021
The carry-over effect of the previous three year’s drought was still visible in this vintage, despite the higher rainfall during the season, and it delivered a smaller crop, but of high quality. Despite the relative low water stress, the cool weather contributed to smaller berries, and less irrigation was needed in this growing season.
Fermented in open top concrete fermenters at 280C. The floating skins were punched down by hand, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 3 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 16 months in 80% new and 20% second fill 225L French Nevers oak barrels.
Vibrant aromas of blueberries, ripe plums, black cherries, cinnamon and vanilla on the nose. The palate is sultry and luxurious, with densely packed flavours of berry compote, wild bramble, plum tart and spicy Christmas cake. Ripe tannins are beautifully intertwined between the layers of fruit, adding a dense and broad texture to the wine. The subtle spicy tones and plush black cherry flavours on the lingering finish completes a very elegant and age worthy wine.