4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Blends grenache with cinsaut, mourvedre & syrah. 18 (93 pts) pure-fruited & perfumed, but much more than charming, light (12.9 % alcohol), fresh & vibrant: it’s serious, with a fine structure to match the core of sweet fruit. Ageable too, though delicious in youth. WO Western Cape.
93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2019
John Seccombe uses whole bunch fermentation on the Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah portions of the blend, but not on the Cinsault component. Light, graceful yet wonderfully focused and detailed, this has rose petal, red cherry and raspberry flavours, negligible oak and fine, savoury tannins.
In the middle of 2016 we commissioned a writer friend to write a series of short children’s stories about growing up in the Cape, and we used these stories as the inspiration for the names for our red wines.
The 2018 Wanderer’s Heart is our Cape Red – a wine that is built around the incredible vineyards found all over the Western Cape. Aromas of ripe purple figs, rosemary oil, and sandal wood. The wine is poised on the palate with soft, chalky tannins, which give way to a finish of red plums, juniper and cranberries. The wine is bright and keenly balanced, very pure in its fruit with a dusting of fine tanin to complete the picture.
Grenache noir – 34% Voor Paardeberg (6 years, clay soil), Paardeberg (13 years old, granite)
Cinsault – 26% Bottelary (46 years old, iron-rich red soils)
Grenache gris – 17% Wellington (4 years old, sandstone)
Mourvèdre – 13% Bot River (11 years old) – gravel/clay duplex soil
Syrah – 10% Bot River (11 years old) – shale