Red Wine Blend of the Year - 2016, Platter 4.5 Stars. Tim Atkin MW 92 points. James Suckling 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 elephants 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...
Commended: Decanter World Wine Awards 2018. Veritas 2016: Silver Darling Cellars Chocoholic Pinotage offers a vibrant display of a wide range of fruit and flavours that includes Turkish delight, chocolate, red and black cherries, vanilla, red plum and butterscotch (just to name a few….). A perfectly balanced wine whose flavours follow through on the palate with amazing structure and smooth supple tannins. This wine will tickle your taste buds and provide an amazing journey for all, to experience Darling’s unique terroir in a glass.
Tim Atkin 94 points. An impressive blend of Shiraz /Cabernet Sauvignon/ Petit Verdot/ Merlot from the former owner of Pichon Lalande.
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.
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
Kaapzicht’s second Pinot Noir vintage with more concentration, colour and character than the premiere vintage. A medium bodied, dry red wine with lovely sweet and sour cherries accompanied by elegant tannins.
The variety which made Kaapzicht famous. Pinotage made this way capitalises on the variety’s plush, juicy body, cloaking an abundance of vanilla cream and fine-grained oak tannins. A quite Bordelais-styled interpretation of the variety. Excellent!
~ Buy Six Bottles and Pay $59 net ~ Greg Sherwood MW 97+. 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. A culmination of viticultural factors and the incredible 2015 vintage have resulted in the best Meerlust Rubicon we have ever tasted. With 21 vintages at Meerlust under his belt, Cellar Master Chris Williams agrees, believing that their vineyards have matured fully and viticultural methods have been perfected to capture the greatness of 2015. The 2015 vintage was generous and the selection for Rubicon came from 100 different parcels across 25 vineyards. It comes in at 14,2% alcohol. Tasting notes: ‘A...
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.
Trophy, Best South African Red, IWC 2017. Trophy, Best South African Pinot Noir, IWC 2017. South Africa Wine Awards Top 100, 2017 – Top 100 & Double Platinum Awards Old Mutual Trophy 2017 Best Pinot Noir and Gold Paul Cluver Seven Flags is a combination of vineyard and barrel selection, and is the ultimate expression of the estate’s terroir from winemaker Andries Burger. The aroma has elegant red and dark fruit expression ending with lovely floral notes which follow through on the palate along with some savoury notes. This wine has amazing length and complexity with great freshness lifting the fruit. The natural acidity makes it a...
Tim Atkins MW 91 points. IWC 2017, Silver Medal. Decanter WWA 2018, Silver Medal. The John X Merriman is Rustenberg’s Estate wine, a blend of Bordeaux varietals that illustrate the ageability and true expression of Rustenberg’s finest vineyards. 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 fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity.
Platinum Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards. Rustenberg’s single vineyard Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon is the flagship red of their impressive range. The 2015 vintage is considered potentially the vintage of the decade with concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness on the nose and palate. A powerful, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that is given the best possible treatment in the cellar – certainly one of South Africa’s most impressive reds. We recommend decanting this wine before serving.
Blackcurrant 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. 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...
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