54% Grenache, 24% Syrah, 22% Cinsault
Alc.13%Vol | RS1.6g/l | pH3.7 | TA4.6g/l |
Dry farmed bush vines perched on top of the majestic Piekenierskloof.
The 2018 blend retains a punchy slug of 54% Grenache, a slightly elevated 24% Syrah and a fine supporting 22% Cinsault from the Piekenierskloof. Components were fermented separately, unlike the 2017, with the grapes spending 10 days on their skins using 20% whole-bunches. After 10 months of ageing in 3,200 litre conical foudre and one new 225 litre barrel, the wine was bottled unfiltered off its fine lees. In bottle, the aromatics display a wonderfully crisp, pure delineated red cherry scented top note with plenty of granitic minerality and graphite in support. Subtle notes of sweet sappy red currant and red plum confit allow the nose to retain an element of broodiness but there is no holding back the palate however, which bristles with delicious vibrancy, wild strawberry, a bright pin point acidity and again an opulent, glycerol weightless intensity and concentration.
Drink from release over the next 5 to 8 years.
(94+/100 Greg Sherwood MW) (95/100 Tim Atkin MW)