Alc: 14,00%; free SO2: 24; Total SO2: 85; pH: 3,46; T/A: 6,1; Residual Sugar: 2,7; V/A: 0,55.
Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar
Varieties: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot
Age of vines: On average 29 years.
Soil: Decomposed granite, Hutton and Clovelly soils.
Trellis of vines: 5 wire hedge.
Yield: 4 tons/ha – 2750 litres/ha.
“Would or wouldn’t I give this 100 points? I tasted it over a period of five days against a number of its competitors, and it nearly got there. Time may prove me wrong, but I don’t think this is quite at the level of the 2015. But it’s still a stunning wine, combining Cabernet Sauvignon with 17% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot. Youthful, concentrated and less immediate than the 2015, with a little more oak spice, it’s a taut, ageworthy style with layers of bramble, cigar box and blackcurrant fruit and sinewy tannins. Drink 2025-35.”
Tim Atkin MW: 98 points
Platter’s Guide: 5*
Drink’s International 2020: Most Admired Wine Brand in Africa & the Middle East
5 days on skins in open fermenters at 29° C. Cap punched manually every 2 hours.
The preceding winter was the 3rd dry one in a row, with less rain than the previous one and warmer day and night temperatures. A warm spring resulted in early budding. Regular rainshowers during flowering and berry set, with a high presence of pests. The picking season was very dry with limited water for irrigation, but with cooler nigh-time temperatures during February.
Fermented in open top concrete fermenters at 290C. The floating skins were punched down by hand, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 5 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 24 months in 100% new 225L French Nevers oak barrels.
Ageing potential: 20 to 25 years from vintage
Complex and intense aromas of cassis, plums, spiced oak and cigar box on the nose. The palate is rich and supple, with seamless fruit/oak integration, delicate tannins and a fine seam of acidity. Layers of plush fruit explode on the palate with concentrated flavours of tomato cocktail, black and red fruits, and stewed meat. A wine of immense purity, depth and freshness.