4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Merlot’s inherent plush dark fruit handsomely polished, spiced with 50% new French oak; usual small additions of cab franc, petit verdot contribute complexity to firm yet ripe structure, 17 (93 pts) excellent example of stylish vintage.
87.5% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% Petit Verdot
The dark fruit and opulence of the wine is immediately apparent. We have been refining the viticulture to produce more balanced, flavourful fruit. Intense dark brambly fruit on the nose, mulberry, liquorice and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice, tempered by a stony minerality. The medium-full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality. There is a core of juiciness, opulence and richness typical of the variety, while the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot lend greater complexity to the wine.