4 Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Baked apple & stonefruit followed by creamy, nutty vanilla in 20 (89 pts). Bunch pressed & barrel fermented, lees aged 11 months in 25% new oak. Great depth & refinement, freshness through to farewell.
Grapes for this white wine originate from La Motte in Franschhoek. The vineyard lies 200 metres above sea level, against a southern and southwestern slope, and is managed organically. Fermented and matured in 300-litre French oak barrels (25% new) where it was inoculated with yeast and fermented at between 17 and 20 degrees Celsius. Malolactic also in barrels with one third in stainless steel tanks without malolactic fermentation. 11 months on lees with stirring. Fruity lemon and nectarine aromas, with hints of cashew nut and lees as the only evidence of wood maturation, juicy and polished entry, medium-full, with lots of citrus and juicy peach on the palate. Lively length with excellent freshness.