4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Half cab, with merlot, cab franc & petit verdot in 20 (94 pts). One of few such blends these days to have such lightness (just 13% alcohol) & understated dry elegance – yet no hint of unripeness in the berry fruit mingling with cedary tobacco spice. Lovely harmony of flavour with structure promises good development. Spontaneous ferment, no fining or filtration.
91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
Part of an ongoing shift towards greater elegance in the wines, Kristopher Tillery’s Reserve Red is a restrained Bordeaux red blend that features Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Very lightly wooded and refined, with cut grass and capsicum aromas, red cherry, cassis and raspberry fruit and nicely sculpted tannins. 2023-28
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot
Each component of the reserve carries different varietal characteristics and reflects slight soil differences between different vineyards on the estate. It is a true reflection of our granite soil and Mediterranean climate.
From hand-sorting at harvest, each component of this wine begins its fermentation in tank and completes it in 225l French oak barrels. Only the lowest press fractions are used for blending, resulting in a wine composed almost entirely of free-run juice. We work with four family-owned cooperages located near Cognac to produce barrels matched to our intended style.
When our family took over the cellar at Noble Hill, we were given keys to every door and gate, jumbled in a box. Sorting through these keys, we realized that some of them dated back to the farm’s past. Ever since, we’ve placed a key on each wine label. Each different key represents the characters of each unique grape variety that we grow. The 2020 Estate Reserve is labeled with four keys representing Cabernet Sauvignon (53%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (13%), and Petit Verdot (9%).
This wine elicits the aromas and tastes of fresh black currant, plum, and a touch of mint. Oak plays a well-integrated supporting role. This vintage can be enjoyed confidently from now through 2030.