4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
From single bushvine parcel named for soil colour. 18 (93 pts) boldly flavoured with succulent, generous plum fruit & toasty spice after 15 months in new oak. Powerful yet well balanced, deserves to be cellared for the intended 10 years.
The 2018 vintage was really challenging due to the prolonged drought, which some believe to be the worst in 100 years, accompanied by water restrictions. The expertise of the vineyard team and cellar were definitely put to the test by the warm and dry climatic conditions. In the vineyard and in the cellar, we adapted our practices to minimise the effect of the water shortage. The dry weather throughout the season did have its advantages. as vines were healthy, with little or no pests or diseases being recorded in most regions. The dry, warm weather it resulted in smaller berries, but with great intensity.
There is an exotic mix of wild berries of the forest and plums with clove spice. Bold flavours of freshly cut strawberries and blackcurrant flow over the palate with silky tannins. A full bodied Pinotage with great intensity and a lingering dry finish. It shows lots of power, but has an elegance to it that will benefit from further time in the bottle.