Second wine of Anwilka. A great cooperation success between Bruno PRATS (Château Cos d'Estournel), Hubert DE BOUARD (Château l'Angélus) and Klein Constantia. The name "UGABA" refers to a tradition of the Xhosa people, the second language group in South Africa after the Zulu. The Xhosa leaders designated warriors who had distinguished themselves by valiant deeds of bravery as UGABA men whose mission would be to maintain peace and order. Varietal: 84% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Alcohol: 14% vol. Harvested by hand in crates, sorted before and after destemming, crushed over stainless steel fermentation vats. Light...
Tim Atkin MW 92 points Platter's Guide 94 points "Sizeably produced Swartland blend of syrah, grenache, cinsaut with cab & viognier. Sumptuous 2018 (93 pts) followed by forthright & direct 2019, with rich blackberries & savoury whiffs of meat & tar. Supple tannins, well-integrated acidity. Just 10% new oak, combo barrels & foudres." Platter's Guide. Syrah, Grenache Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Viognier The nose is exceptionally perfumed with an abundance of complex red and dark berry fruit, violets and intense aromas of white pepper. Dark brooding fruit follows through onto a structured, opulent palate with notes of cardamom, cumin,...
Tim Atkin MW 91 points. ORIGIN: Elgin Valley, South Africa TASTING NOTES: Opulent and intense berry core with a fine, elegant and subtle fruit structure supported by well integrated oak tannins. PHILOSOPHY: The focus is on complexity, ripe but restrained fruit by carefully selecting and blending clones and sandstone soils within the cool Elgin area. Emphasis is on maximising layered flavour spectrums balanced with seamless tannin extraction. This is achieved by a minimalist and natural approach with attention to the integrity of the variety specifically cultivated on lighter, sandstone type soils. Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir on Sandstone...
Accolades 2019 Veritas Awards: Gold Gold Wine Awards - Gold Tasting Notes This wine is very expressive and complex on the nose with flavours of red berries, black cherries, vanilla, butterscotch, red plums, coffee and nuances of strawberries. On the palate the flavours follow through with good structure and silky tannins. A really balanced wine with elegance and a lengthy aftertaste.
Carigan, Syrah, Pinotage, Cinsaut, Grenache. 17.5/20 Jancis Robinson. "Grapes from seven different Swartland vineyards are used, focusing on schist and granite soils of the mountains of the Paardeberg, Swartland. 39% Carignan, 31% Syrah, 16% Pinotage, 9% Cinsaut, 5% Grenache. 30%–50% whole bunches are sorted and then used in the bottom of an open tank. The rest of the grapes are all sorted, destemmed but not crushed and added to the tank on top of the whole bunches. Maximum healthy pre-ferment cold soak with a daily punch down and CO2 gas coverage. Spontaneous fermentation occurs in the tank. Maximum extended skin contact (approximately...
Carignan (34%), Syrah (33%), Pinotage (14%), Cinsaut (14%) and Grenache (5%). Wine Advocate 93 points. A blend of Carignan, Syrah, Cinsault, Pinotage and Grenache, the nose of the 2016 Elpidios is a solid expression of Rhône varietals in South Africa. Dried and candied red fruits on the nose express something more akin to a young Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The palate is precise, focused and spicy, with soft, dusty red fruit, dried herbs and soft, red spice tones. The finish lingers with precise red-fruit tones and oak. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is both elegant and enjoyable, ending with a long finish. There is a clear focus on precision...
Jancis Robinson 17/20. 31% Grenache Noir, 30% Syrah, 19% Carignan, 10% Cinsault, 10% Pinotage. This may be the only wine in which Pinotage is blended with Grenache! 2017 is the first vintage of this wine to be majority Grenache, and David & Nadia intend this to continue for all future Elpidios blends. (They want to release a single-vineyard Grenache too.) Mostly granite soils from the Paardeberg, blended with structured shale/schists from the east, clay from the north and iron-mixed soils from the west – eight vineyards in total. Variety of vine ages. Average 50% whole bunches, pressed off and matured in a mix of large-format vertical...
Jancis Robinson 17/20. First vintage was 2011. Based on fruit from one sustainably farmed vineyard on granite in Paardeberg planted in the early 2000s, blended with a similar-age organically certified vineyard planted in deep clay soils north of Malmesbury. They describe Grenache as their ‘ultimate red variety … well suited to the Swartland in its droughts and harsh conditions’ – hence they are planting much more. In the context of dry-farmed land and poor soil they use mass-selection Grenache grafted on moderate-strength rootstocks to restrict yield. Four weeks on the skins pre-/during fermentation, 60% whole bunch, one punchdown...
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. The 2018 Pinotage from David & Nadia is a beautiful red, from the Siebritskloof valley of the Swartland's famed Paardeburg mountain. Delicate on the nose, with herb infused notes of dark berries and a hint of cassis, the palate is lifted and energetic, with chalky tannins, and a floral perfume. The finish is long and saline: this is a delicious red, at just 12.5% abv.
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. This wine has notes of red and black berry fruit, white pepper and spice. The palate is finely structured, showing an array of ripe fruit and floral undertones, with a lingering aftertaste. Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend: 44% Grenache Noir 29% Mourvédre 21% Syrah 6% Petite Sirah
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. This wine has notes of cassis with rich, red fruit, dried herbs, perfume and plums on the nose. The palate is soft and silky with integrated flavours of cigar box and black fruit. Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend: 39% Cabernet Sauvignon 38% Merlot 13% Cabernet Franc 10% Malbec.
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. "Delaire Graff combine fruit from the estate in Stellenbosch with 30% from Faure to produce this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend with 41% Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Herbal and scented, with considerable finesse and focus for a 2018, it has red berry and blackcurrant leaf flavours, racy acidity, aromatic 50% new wood and fine-grained tannins. Bravo!" WINERY NOTE: VINTAGE CHARACTERISTICS Faced with severe drought, the challenging conditions of the 2018 harvest resulted in one of the smallest yields in years. Yet despite the significant difficulties, the cooler ripening period and smaller crops...
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. "The most modern Cabernet Sauvignon we've ever made," according to winemaker Morné Vrey, this comes from a mixture of older and younger vines on the estate. Fresh and elegant, despite its 14.9% alcohol, this has grassy, refined aromatics, cassis and red cherry fruit, spicy 80% new wood and engaging palate length. 2022-30." Platter Guide 93 points. Winery Note: Complex yet refined; the Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon is a sophisticated expression of a classic claret. A potpourri of dark fruit and spice is abundant on delivery while an intriguing earthiness remains the fingerprint of the rich soil in which the grapes...
James Suckling 95 points. “This is really a phenomenal South African wine for the money showing such delicacy yet also power. The nose boasts plenty of iodine, crushed stones, balsam, violets and hints of sweet herbs. The palate’s full and exuberant with mouth-coating tannins and a long finish” - James Suckling, Anwilka 2015. Silver Decanter South Africa Top 100 4.5/5 Stars John Platter Anwilka Vineyards is located just 7 kilometres from the ocean in Stellenbosch’s prime Helderberg region. The property was purchased in the late 1990s and extensive replanting of 40ha of vineyards comprising primarily cabernet sauvignon shiraz and some...
Winery Note: The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows pronounced plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. There is the characteristic hallmark aromas of fennel and liquorice associated with Meerlust Cabernet. On the palate the wine is full bodied but with richness of fruit and supple tannic structure typical of 2016. Platter 'Usual classic notes of dark berry fruit & cigarbox on 2016, with plenty of fruit depth & a hint of herbal quality - perhaps a little more relaxed than some vintages. A slightly sombre, serious...
Winery Note: The Meerlust Merlot 2016 is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc for structure and acidity and 5% Petit Verdot which gives the wine a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins. The 2016 Meerlust Merlot is now showing great approachability and charm. The dark fruit and opulence of the wine is immediately apparent. We have been refining the viticulture to produce more balanced, flavourful fruit. Intense dark brambly fruit on the nose, mulberry, liquorice and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice, tempered by a stony minerality. The medium-full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with...
Platter Guide 91 points. "2018 fresher-fruited aromas & lighter in feel & structure than usual, with more fruity charm, in what is often one of the Cape’s more tannic, burly pinots. But perhaps less intensity, though it handles 50% new oak effortlessly. Lovely dry finish." Wine tasted by Angela Lloyd. Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance. The wine shows pronounced lifted perfume on the nose with red berry fruit, musk, wild mushrooms and hints of savoury richness and spice and a clean vibrant minerality. . On the palate there are very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with...
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. This wine has a lovely luminosity – the colour is bright crimson. The nose has delicate earthy aromas combined with red and dark berry flavours which follow through to the palate where they combine with interesting savoury notes and just a touch of oak on the finish.
Tim Akin MW 91 points. 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. - 50% Shiraz; 29% Merlot; 21% Cabernet Sauvignon. This was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 mths for good integration. Blackcurrant aromas are complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is...
Rustenberg is known to be one of South Africa’s top producers of Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends and varietals. The Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon shows typical Cabernet Sauvignon flavour and aroma profiles of dark berries and tobacco with a well-structured and lengthy palate. Murray Barlow is one of South Africa's most exciting young winemakers and has won Diners Club's Young Winemaker of the Year title an unrivalled twice. He's shown why once again in this well-structured Cabernet.
Decanter Magazine, August 2020, Best South African Cabernet. 96 points. Top South African Cabernet Sauvignon ‘20 Wines to Buy’ - 96 points. Tim Aitken - “If you want to know what textbook Stellenbosch Cabernet tastes like… this is a very good place to start.." Stark-Condé is probably the least familiar name in Tim Atkin’s list of South Africa’s ‘First Growth’ wine estates, a meticulously-researched premier league of just 25 wineries, which includes the likes of Boekenhoutskloof, Kanonkop, Eben Sadie, Alheit Vineyards, Newton Johnson, Mullineux, Lismore and Crystallum, while such renowned names as Hamilton-Russell, Thelema...
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