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5 Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Stylish expression from 3 own parcels, 18 (96 pts) blueberry & herbaceous notes, cassis & violet, lengthy 36-day post-ferment skin maturation & well-judged 24 months oak, 36% new, deliver beautiful chalky tannins. Approachable, but enough structure for confident ageing.
Three specific blocks used to produce this wonderful Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. Hand harvested, de-stemmed and sorted in to tank. The wines spent up to 36 days on the skins depending on the tannin structure with three or four pump overs per day and then pressed to undergo malolactic fermentation in barrel and tank. After completion, the wine was racked to French oak barrels (36%new oak, 39% second fill, 25% third fill) for a period of 24 months before a strict selection process, where only the best barrels were used. These barrels are blended into tank and filtered before bottling in October 2020.
Beautiful purple colour, deep nose of dark berries, herbs, pencil shavings and cassis. Powerful tannins, signature to the 2018 vintage give backbone and grip to the palate. The dark berries for the initial nose carry through on to the palate, with notes of oak and crème de cassis. The finish is long and dry with a powerful finish, this will reward cellaring over the next 7-10 years.
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