Gold Medal - IWSC 2015 (for 2012 Vintage)
Gold Medal - Decanter 2009 (for 2004 Vintage)
93 Points - Tim Atkin MW, Best of South Africa (for 2012 Vintage)
92 Points - Neal Martin from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (for 2012 Vintage)
91 Points - Wine Spectator (for 2011 Vintage)
Decomposed granite, Hutton and Clovelly soils.
5 days on skins in open fermenters at 28C. Cap was punched manually every 2nd hour. Matured for 24 months in 50% new 225 lit French Nevers, with 50% second fill.
A dense full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon showing notes of supple blackcurrant, black plum, cedar wood and spice which follows on to the palate. The palate offers additional characteristics of pencil shavings, tea leaf and molasses, its balance with a good acidity and integrated ripe tannins. A lingering finish to complete a wine that will benefit from future bottle maturation of up to 20 years from vintage date.
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Total Acidity: 6.10 g/l
Residual sugar: 3.20