4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Perfectly pitched 17 (92 pts) shows classic R&V styling; deep, intense blackcurrant fruit tinged with rose scent, velvet texture & understated earthiness. Pedigree suggests excellent aging potential. Usual 50% new oak, 22 months, 300L barrels.
93 pts Tim Atkin MW
“You have to evolve,” says Coenie Snyman, “but you also have to stay true to the history of the property.” This is still ripe and intense, yet there’s also more freshness and poise on show, with fine, granular tannins, appealing fragrance, subtle oak and classic cassis and cedarwood flavours. 2022-27
Crimson red, there’s a certain sweetness to the aromas packed with ripe, wild strawberry, red and black cherries, mulberries and black currant. Nice and pure Helderberg fruit. This is a stylish wine with added earthy, savory notes on both the nose and the palate. The texture is made velvet by the richness of fruit held in balance by its superb gravelly tannin structure and juicy acidity. There’s a sense of clarity that 2017 shows – allowing for upfront drinkability but also serious ageing potential.
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years