It feel’s a little like George Clooney’s film Michael Clayton…on the face of it, technically flawless, and a critical darling…but when you watch it, one can’t help but feel like…something was supposed to happen… but didn’t. Like was there a deleted scene I missed that ties everything together.
Like Michael Clayton, I enjoyed this wine way more the second time around, and I have settled on a verdict of “alluringly introverted”. Which explains all the oodles of big awards, despite the insane price point. Critics love a wine that holds back. One that treats them mean to keep them keen.
I guess in the end, this wine is technically superb, but not a showboat. Pull the cork when you’re hosting a dinner with your tightly-wound, minimalist, nordic-furniture-collecting work colleagues.
👃🏼 Nose is impressively layered, but takes ages to emerge. A decanter will help.
Med-intensity oak, potting soil, cassis, plum, leather, & hints of fennel.
👄 Palate is med-weighted; black cherry and cassis upfront, segueing into a lengthy (slightly sweeter) black plum, held upright by firm tannins.
🔬 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2020 “Best in Class”.
All Helderberg fruit. 39% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot. Matured for 18 months in French oak (25% new)
ZAR180.00 (as of January 2020)