4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Youthful 18 (91 pts) still displaying primary lemon-lime, nutty & creamy-lees tones. Rich texture, flavours & oak (25% new, 300L) complimentary partners, controlled, freshened by firm acid. All confidently structured to benefit from ageing.
90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2019
Consultant Kym Milne MW’s influence is in evidence on this good value Chardonnay, produced from a combination of estate and purchased grapes. Less oaky the Five Soldiers release, it has peach and citrus fruit and a tangy, refreshing bite. 2019-2023
This vintage was impacted by the fourth year of the ongoing drought in the region. The 2017 Winter was cold and dry, followed by a dry Spring and Summer, with bouts of unusual weather. A number of thunder storms resulted in a late onset of additional vigour in the vineyards. Unsettled weather and wind during flowering, along with a freak hail storm and low levels of soil moisture decreased yields by 20% to 50%. The harvest began closer to its average start date and the smaller berries and bunches yielded lower juice volumes per ton. The lower yields resulted in the wines showing excellent concentration and body, producing rich, robust reds and fruit forward, expressive whites and rosé.
Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.