4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Subtitled ‘Lloyd Francois’, 17 (94 pts) with 4% mourvedre returns to form after less concentrated 16. Serious tannin structure from wholeberry ferment & lengthy skin contact. Opulent fruit centre-stage, older (5+ years) oak in support. Distinguished & complex.
93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
Kevin Arnold has been making Shiraz for as long as I can remember, although his style has evolved away from new oak over the years. This comes from a combination of sandstone and gravel soils and is a bold, black-fruited number with lots of grip, a hint of whole bunch spice, good tension and focus and a sandalwood top note. 2022-28
Grapes are sourced from vineyards which are grown in the Stellenbosch region. However, from the 2007 vintage, almost all the fruit comes off Waterford Estate. The average age of the vineyards is 20 years old, which makes them well established vineyards.
Third year of drought in the Western Cape, becoming very noticeable in the natural mountain vegetation and low dam levels. Low winter rains but followed by near perfect growing conditions, moderate temperatures and lack of heat waves during harvest. Vineyards remained very healthy and produced lovely bunches, smaller than usual berries giving great concentration. Wines are extremely classical in style, with tight tannin structures and lovely acidities. Reds are going to be great talking points in the future.
No new wood is used in the making of this wine. Whole berry ferments and soft extraction methods by means of only pump overs which brings out the purity in this wine.