Red Wine Blend of the Year - 2016 Tim Atkin MW 92 points. 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 drinking...
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
WA 92. Tim Atkin 95 points. 4.5 stars Platter. Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot/ Merlot blend. The 2011 Lady May is based on 85% Cabernet Sauvignon that is ahead for 24 months in new French oak. It has a very pure bouquet with backward, blackberry and cedar scents merging with peppermint with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, more masculine than the Grand Vin de Glennelly witih graphite and cedar towards the oaky finish. It will need several year to fully absorb the oak. I appreciate here the saline finish that lingers in the mouth. NM Nov 2015.
Tim Atkin 94 points. An impressive blend of Shiraz /Cabernet Sauvignon/ Petit Verdot/ Merlot.
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 6 and Pay 55sgd per bottle. “An invitingly youthful, opulent nose bursting with blueberry pie, vanilla pod spice, violets, cedar wood and polished mahogany. Very impressive with lifted black currant and raisined cranberry notes, the complexity of this wine is mesmerising. The palate is wonderfully suave, fleshy and elegant, showing superb harmony and balance combined with Cabernet Sauvignon backbone, power and breadth. There are lashings of delicious sweet cassis, black currant pastille, blueberries, and seductive creamy oak vanillins. Such a polished example, finely tuned, and positively oozes with class and pedigree. This impressive...
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. With its enchanting garnet glow, vivacious display of purity of fruit and refined structure, the Pinot Noir from Paul Cluver Wine Estate delivers all the defining trademarks of great Pinot Noir. Pomegranate, cranberry, violet and raspberry notes dance on the nose. The bouquet of rich red berry is harmoniously carried through onto the palate where it marries with interesting notes of aniseed, seaweed and savoury umami. The complexity and balanced composition of its flavour profile plays in unison with its fine grainy tannins, making it a sensory symphony.
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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