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 93 points. 33% Sangiovese, 22% Pinot noir, 18% Shiraz, 17% Nebbiolo, 6% Mourvédre, 4% Barbera | Alc 14.1%. Winery Notes: Vinification: All the vineyards contributing to this wine are monitored and harvested individually, and their contributions chilled overnight to preserve fruit quality. Each batch of grapes was crushed and fermented separately, with some components macerating up to 20 days on skins. After fermentation the young wines were transferred to traditional French oak barrels where secondary fermentation was completed. Compiling the final blend is a rigorous affair, stretching over a number of days and based on...
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. (Elgin Valley, South Africa) TASTING NOTES: Classic, restrained elegance with a mouth filling fruit core and is seamlessly poised with pronounced aromatics of fresh black plums, mulberries, violets and pencil shaving minerality. Tannins are supple and well structured with fresh acidity to support an opulent mid palate for texture and balance. PHILOSOPHY: The approach is classic restraint based on the Bordeaux’s right bank blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and is styled around the bright fruit paradigm where both varieties are grown in a cool, maritime climate prevailing in the Elgin Valley. Upfront red and black...
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.
IWSC Silver. Veritas 2016: Silver Concentrated, velvety and richly flavoured due to 20% appassimento style in the cuvee. 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.
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. Winemaker Danie Steytler.
Greg Sharwood MW, Wine Safari, 97+. Wine Advocate 92 pts The 2016 Rubicon has an expressive nose of mulberry with subtle oak and red and brown spices. Comprised of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the full-bodied palate is still tight and structured with a grippy, chewy edge, but elegance can be gained with age and this wine ends well structured with focused balance. Neil Martin from The Wine Advocate 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and...
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 Aitken MW - 93 points. Decanter 92 points. 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.
Rustenberg’s single vineyard Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon is the flagship red of their impressive range. 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. The 2017 vintage displays concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceous notes on the nose and palate. We recommend decanting this wine before serving. Ageing Potential: 10 – 15 years from vintage under ideal cellaring conditions. The name of this wine pays tribute to the man who recognized the potential of Rustenberg, and bought the farm in 1941, reuniting the...
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