4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Sleek, seductive 17 (94 pts) reflects vintage excellence. Understated yet powerful black fruit, graphite & tobacco notes on layered, refined palate. Differs from 16 (93 pts) in 3% petit verdot addition. Seamless velvety tannins from harmoniously integrated oak, 70% French. Old, high-lying vines.
From our well-known Three Pines vineyard. The grapes were hand-harvested and hand-sorted and fermented in open tanks with hand-punchdowns throughout. Matured for 22 months in small French oak, 70% new. A small amount of Petit Verdot (3%) was blended in to enhance the mouthfeel and perfume. An excellent vintage of Cabernet that will reward careful cellaring.
This wine has been a 2x Six Nations Wine Competition trophy winner; a 4x Platter 5-star wine; and a 2x Old Mutual Trophy winner.