2017 sees the exciting return of Pinotage to the blend for the first time since 2014. Each component was harvested separately, de-stemmed and sorted into tank. The wines spent between 14 and 30 days depending on the tannin structure with three or four pump overs per day and then pressed to undergo malolactic fermentation in tank. After completion the wine was racked to French oak barrels (10% new oak was used) for a period of 27 months before blending and a light filtration before bottling in August 2019.
Dark and brooding nose of black berries and cherry compote on the nose with a hint of rosemary. The palate is rich and textured with bright red fruits and strong tannins, cigar box and dark chocolate on the finish.
4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Reverts to its longtime Cape Blend format in 2017 (90 pts), pinotage replacing merlot in 3-way mix with cab & cab franc (66/12). Herbaceous notes with cocoa on nose & palate, black fruit emerges with aeration. Decant or age a few years, 18 months oak.
90 pts Wine Spectator
Savory cured tobacco and loamy earth notes meet ripe and tangy blackberry and black currant fruit in this elegant red. Light, chalky tannins define the medium- to full-bodied frame, and accents of violet, bay leaf, iron and graphite linger on the well-cut finish. Drink now through 2026.