Like Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading; A delightfully attractive proposition, but on the simple side.
That said, I do sincerely appreciate the fact that this wine manages to be both undeniably ripe (which is usually a bit of a diss amongst the wine fashion police) but still comprehensively Pinot-esque. The result is supremely accessible. It also gives this wine the rare opportunity to lure lovers of big red Bordeaux wines over to the more delicate Pinot universe. It’s a transitional wine.
As for the winemaker, Adam Mason is a Stellenbosch stalwart, through and through. He has garnered international acclaim for his work at Mulderbosch, and previously worked harvests with Stellebosch estates, Boschendal and Flagstone. As of 2020 he moved into the position of head winemaker at DeMorgenzon, replacing Carl van der Merwe. Raised by Wolves is his solo venture.
👃🏼 Intriguingly, the nose is almost Cab Sauv-esque, although a little more delicate. Blackcurrant fruit pastilles, cherries, pencil shavings, oak, and mushroom.
👄 Mouthfeel is light and silky on the palate, some plum fruit and blackcurrant pastille, quickened by elements of sour cherry. Tannins are fine, but present. Decent length blackcurrant tail.
🔬 Fruit is from Vermaaklikheid in Overberg. Limestone soils. Wine was fermented in open-top fermenters and 20% of the fruit was left as whole bunch.
💸💸 ZAR260.00 (as of January 2021)