5 Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
17 ***** (95 pts) deftly marries power with restraint; infused with deliciously rich berry fruit & hint of ripe plum. 18 months 20% new French oak polish the tannins, add dark chocolate to elegant texture, broad lingering finish.14.8% alcohol. Deserves decade’s patience
The fruit for this wine was sourced from just 2 specific vineyard blocks on our farm. Even though the winter season was not as wet as previous years, no supplementary irrigation was needed. A good balance of fruit concentration and elegance was achieved with very little intervention. A warm start to the season was followed by cooler conditions towards the latter part of harvest aided later-ripening grapes which meant that we had very good flavour development in the Cabernet fruit.
A careful selection was made in the vineyard and after de-stemming the grapes were fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and traditional open-top fermenters. We used a combination of punch downs and pump overs at different stages in fermentation and tried to extract as much flavour and tannin, at the beginning of fermentation, as possible. Towards the end of the process we drastically reduced the extraction and usually limit it to only one pump over per day not to over extract the wine and ensure we achieved the best balance. After primary fermentation the grapes were gently pressed and transferred to French oak barrels, 75% new, 25% 2nd and 3rd fill, for 20 months before final blending took place.
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