100/100 - SA Wine Index Awards Red Wine Blend of the Year - 2016 Originally prompted by the classic taste and palate of Italian varieties: Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. The importation of these grape varieties in 1989 led to the development of this highly successful blend, with the first commercial launch of the Hannibal label 12 years later. The name Hannibal was adopted as a symbolic expression of the synergy with the African elephant participating in linking the wine lands of France and Italy together two thousand years ago under the invading command of the classic Carthaginian general. Surprisingly accessible and arguably the earliest...
WA 90 The 2011 Maestro Red is a blend of 41% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec that sees 14 months in oak. It has an opulent, glossy bouquet of small dark cherries, boysenberry and iodine that has a real juiciness to it. The palate is medium-bodied with nicely composed tannins and plenty of cedar and dark chocolate-tinged black fruit. It retains fine focus with a touch of bell pepper toward the finish emanating from the Cabernets. This is a fine Bordeaux blend that should age over the next 6-8 years. Drink now-2020. NM Oct 2013. De Morgenzon, whose vines are soothed by the strains of classical...
Tim Atkin 92 points. First Ever 100% Cab Franc release " It displays a deep, rich colour with a purple-edged tinge. The nose entices with its garrague character of dried thyme, oregano and Cape Fynbos. (Wild Herb indigenous to the Cape). The palate is dominated by aromas of dark cherries, blueberries and graphite which lends great dimension. The tannins are silky and the finish is long and smooth." - Winery Notes
Southern Right is re-defining Pinotage with this intense classically styled, clay-grown wine, packed with complex berry fruit, beautiful tannins and subtle wood spice. Full ripeness and the longer hang-time afforded by cooler sites, combined with the complex, more classic fruit aromas and structure resulting from clay-rich soil, make this wine a highly individual expression of South Africa's unique grape variety.
WA 94. “The 2013 Pinot Noir was a perfect vintage with a long hang time: cool temperatures during the ripening season, even ripening with good tannin structure. The tannins are so silky,” Hannes enthused, pouring what might turn out to be one of the estate's best Pinot Noirs to date. “There is also a lot of perfume in the wine, much more voluptuous compared to 2012. But it was a small crop – around 25% less than the previous vintage.” Picked from February 10 (five or six days later than the 2012), it has that telltale eucalyptus note on the nose that is immediately reminiscent of the 2001. There is certainly more intensity here...
5 stars Platter’s 2017 South African Wine Guide - Again the top award in SA Wine Spectator 93/100 “Gorgeous, with a silky, persistent and racy structure guiding alluring rooibos tea, blood orange, damson plum and singed wood spice notes along." Steve Tanzer - 94 “South African Pinot noir does not get better than this.” Tim Atkin - 94
~ Buy Six and Pay $55 each ~ WA 92. Perhaps the most iconic of South African reds. Accolades Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 - Commended Medal scored 92 by Neil Martin from The Wine Advocate (eRobertParker.com) December 2012 Tasting Notes The 2013 Rubicon classic expression of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe...
~ Buy Six Bottles and pay $39 per Bottle net~ Top 100, South Africa Wine awards 2015. Platinum award, SA Wine Index awards 2015. Tim Atkin 93 points. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon; 37% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot; 2% Malbec ; 2% Cabernet Franc. This wine is named after a former owner of Rustenberg, John Xavier Merriman, who bought the farm in 1892 in sympathy with farmers suffering from the phyloxera crisis. This Bordeaux blend typifies Rustenberg terroir and has good ageing potential, if cellared correctly. The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark...
Small batches of selectively hand-picked fruit were carefully chosen to create this wine. Primary fermentation occurred in tanks, followed by Malolactic Fermentation (MLF) in 20% new French and American and 80% 2nd-fill barrels. Creative blending after 9 months, followed by a further 7 months’ oak maturation, ensured complete integration of wood with fruit aromas and flavours. Black currant aromas are complemented by scents of dried herbs and notes of black pepper and spice, followed by a palate with serious structure from the Bordeaux varieties and finishing off with softness from the Shiraz. This wine is named after a former charismatic...
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