The wine shows classic examples of a Bordeaux styled wine grown in South Africa, although less powerful and forward than other recent vintages. The aromatics include red cherries and jasmine supported by dried herbs. On the palate, red fruit flavours dominate with support of tones of leather and dried thyme. Fine tannins are present that support the fruit structure. Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Cabernet Franc 41% and Merlot 19%.
A classic example of a Bordeaux-style wine grown in South Africa, though the 2015 vintage offers a more restrained and austere approach in a nod to the blend's Old-World heritage. On the nose find notes of olive tapende spiced with cinnamon and cassia bark with blackberry and brambles. There's liquorice, and aniseedtoo; scented with herbssuch as thyme and dried fennel. A savoury flinty edge to the aromatics will find you picking up beef bouillon and pencil shavings. On the palate there's soft, fine red friut character redolent of red plumsand red cherries, which is underscored by dark cacao bean. Good acidity supports a well rounded , lengthy finish. Read the detailed tasting notes here.
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: 3.4g/l pH: 3.60 TA: 5.9/l
Matching FoodsSlow-roasted pork shoulder served with caramelized fennel bulbs; Herbed lamb cutlets; Red lentil and aubergine moussaka; pheasant breasts in a wild plum sauce; Peppered duck breast with vanilla mash and mushroom ragout; Traditional char-grilled rump dressed in sauce Bordelaise.
- 95pts in the Tim Atkin 2017 Report