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...
Gold Medal and Trophy, Best South African Pinot Noir, Decanter WWA. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley enjoys the unique combination of soil and climate that provides the exact balance for the perfect expression of Pinot Noir. Medium dark with an explosive nose of red fruits and infused cherry, the palate projects cranberry and plum with smoky strawberry high tones. Bright with a good grip and velvety mouthfeel with considerable ageing potential.
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...
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...
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. ORIGIN: Elgin, South Africa TASTING NOTES: Layered and textured truffle savouriness and earthy forest floor interwoven with concentrated black cherry compote harmoniously supported by mineral tannins PHILOSOPHY: The focus is on purity, vibrancy, restraint and harmonious balance by the careful selection and blending of specific clones grown on clay soils in the cool Elgin Valley. Emphasis is on maximising the savoury and earthy flavour spectrums evident in the grape profile and balancing the extraction of tannins for complexity. This is achieved by a minimalist and natural approach in the cellar and maintaining the...
Tim Atkin MW 93 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.
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.
Tim Atkin MW 94 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: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon – 29% Merlot – 15% Malbec – 10% Petit Verdot – 4% Cabernet Franc
Falstaff Magazine 96 points. 17/20 Jancis Robinson. Wine Spectator 94 points "Into a much more cedary spectrum here, gorgeous truffle and undergrowth nuances,in a mature, beautifully open style. So much spice and a berry fruitiness and an autumnal character. Great blood streaked, iron-oxide thrust of juicy fruit, terrific acidity and a taut framework of tannins that powers this through to such a long finish. Hard to say where this is in its evolution, but for me, a Columella in a great place." Tom Cannavan 94 points.
Wine Enthusiast 93 points. Wine Spectator 93 points. Pale ruby. Funky, really rather convincing nose. Fresh and dry. Pretty with some strong red fruit aromas and no obvious oak. Appetising and pure. With just a the merest hint of cough sweets. Really quite burgundian. Pretty impressive! Jancis Robinson.
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.
~ 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.
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.
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 Atkin MW SA Report 91/100 Double Gold Medal Top 100 SA Wine Awards 2018 Silver Medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018 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...
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