4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Christmas pudding richness of 18 (92 pts) sees near-equal merlot (28%) & cab franc join cab in stylish Bordeaux blend. Svelte & supple, it is savoury, layered, broad & plush. Twist of tannin from 24 months in 30% new oak.
In winemaking, emphasis often only falls on chemistry, technique, passion and vineyards. So often the most important element of all is neglected: time. The Timeless is made in honour of this one element intrinsic to the success of any wine.
The grapes used for this wine are harvested from a combination of trellised Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines from the Helderberg, Bottelary and Devon Valley areas.
Grapes are picked between 24 and 25 Balling, crushed and allowed to cold macerate for anything between 2 – 4 days. The juice is inoculated with French yeast strains and fermented on the skins for at least 14 – 20 days with periods of hotter fermentation (29°C) and periods of colder fermentation (20°C). This does not only create a larger extraction of fruit and tannin, but also an array of flavours through different fermentation temperatures. The Cab Sauvignon and Franc and Merlot partially finish malolactic fermentation in barrels and are matured separately on the fermentation lees for 18 months after which it is blended and allowed another 6 months blended barrel maturation time.
This wine offers a menthol fresh nose with the palate enriched with dark berries, cassis, some mint chocolate and also a lingering finish with well balanced tannins concentrating on the mid-palate.
Can’t compliment anything better than a fillet of beef or rack of lamb – this is a wine not for the faint hearted and not for faint food.