A four-way Bordeaux blend with Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominating, the nose reflects its Merlot, Cabernet Franc base with red berry, cherry fruit from the Merlot and some of the herbal undertones along with a touch of tobacco and graphite notes from the Cabernet Franc aromatically. Medium to medium fuller bodied, the fruit is in the darker red spectrum while the tannins are harmoniously integrated from one year in older oak, but firm enough to give structure to age nicely for several more years. Showcasing juicy and vibrant fruit, this ends on a dry, savory note. Just now opening up this should bring a lot of drinking pleasure over the next couple of years.
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4 Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide </b> <br>
Herb edge to red & black fruit generosity on 17 (89 pts). As ever, merlot-led 4 way Bordeaux blend that’s lithe, approachable & structured from year in old oak. Long finish.
Grapes for the wine originate from vineyards in the Walker Bay, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch areas.
The nose of this wine tells the story of how it was made. Raspberry (Merlot), a slight herbaciousness (Cabernet Franc) and English toffee (oak) combine in a harmonious way. Malbec and Petit Verdot provide colour and spice. Very perfumy and aromatic with the earthiness of beetroot and leafy undergrowth. Juicy, concentrated blueberry fruit on palate with fresh acidity and toffee sweetness.
Spicy cinnamon finish.