The 2018 Guillermo Pinotage shows the concentration of the drought influenced vintage without any over ripe characters. The wine’s visuals offer an intriguing dark purple color with ruby edges leading into aromatics that showcase oak spice, a hint of vanillin and red and darker red fruit tones, reminding of cherry and plum. Medium fuller bodied the fruit has nice lift and juiciness to it with an enlivening vein of acidity running through the dark cherry and plum fruit flavors, giving this good freshness and pitch. The tannins, although soft and well integrated, compliment the fresh fruit flavors adding some structural support and firming up the back end, while the oak spice chimes in on the nicely detailed finish. Young and primary this should evolve nicely over the next year and drink beautifully for 3 more years after that.
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4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Honours longtime grower Billy ‘Guillermo’ Hughes, though 17 (91 pts) sourced from others due to drought-reduced crop; also-tasted 18 (90 pts) does have some BH fruit. Both wines wild fermented, aged in 30% new French & American oak, vibrant & juicy with subtle spice, soft tannins.
The grapes were hand-picked into small baskets and taken to the cellar. A portion was fermented in open bins and hand punched 4 times a day. The rest was fermented in a rototank. No commercial yeast was used as these grapes ferment well with their own yeast. The wine matured in a mixture of French and American oak barrels for 14 months. Approximately 30 % was new wood.