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 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...
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. #TOP12
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 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...
Winery Note: From the cool Stellenbosch region, this juicy, ripe and approachable Shiraz with its ruby colour and purple tints has a spicy white pepper undertone as well as lavender and dark red fruit aromas of mulberries. It is characterised by versatility, demonstrating a smooth, soft palate with a savoury finish. Matured in old French oak barrels for 12 months to maintain the freshness of this varietal.
Buy 6 or more and pay 65sgd per bottle. This is the first ever Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir from the Walker Bay region as a result of the fires that burnt past and through some of their vineyards in January 2019. Tim Atkin MW 95 points. Tasting notes: 'Made with 84% purchased fruit because of the fire in Hamilton Russell's own vineyards, this is a cuvée of the three Hemel-en-Aarde Valley sub-regions, and all the better for it. A one-off it may be, but it's less earthy and backward than the estate's normal style, combining fragrance elegance with racy red berry fruit, some clove spice, supporting tannins and stylish oak. 2021-29.' – Tim...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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