2022 Concours International Des Cabernet – Gold Medal
4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Restraint typifies 20 (94 pts). Spicy fruitcake & tobacco with earthy cocoa richness. Succulent yet elegant, refined & concentrated. Harmonious & long, like 19 (94 pts) it had 19 months in 30% ne oak. Great value, as most of these.
91 pts James Suckling Oct 2022
Aromas of blackcurrants and plums with hints of walnuts, dark chocolate, some spices and cedar. Medium- to full-bodied with tight, slightly chewy tannins. Focused and compact with ripe yet fresh dark-fruit character and an earthy finish. Drink or hold.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from our own vineyards with a few selected parcels from other Stellenbosch blocks. After four consecutive dry winter seasons, the excellent rainfall in 2019 did manage to offer some relief. The effect of additional water could be seen immediately in the vineyards. We had a particularly good growing season with more vigour, which meant our viticulture team had to pay careful attention to canopy management making sure the fruit stays healthy and to ensure even ripening. The harvest itself started earlier than previous vintages and was also quite compressed with several red varieties, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, ripening earlier than usual. The grapes were healthy at harvest and had an intense concentration of flavours, promising great wines.
This wine is a classically structured Cabernet that showcases its provenance. Upfront herbal notes open up in the glass, to reveal intense dark fruit. These flavours follow on the palate with cassis and black cherries being supported by a subtle herbaceous note. An elegantly structured wine with fine tannins and beautifully integrated oak that lingers almost unendingly on the back palate. A fantastic companion to most meat dishes and will also reward careful cellaring for at least 10 years.
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