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(2023) From Adam Mason, who has a long track record as head winemaker for major South African estates, now making this on his own. Fermented with natural yeast, whole-bunch pressed for fermentation in barrel. Very little new oak, and ageing is for 10 months in 500 litre barrels. Very attractive, a touch of flintiness and creaminess, and ripe plush fruit. The palate has a lean, lemony strictness, but the wine finishes with gentle oak, more of that flint, and good balance.
(2019) All French oak, some new barrels. Creamy vanilla and marzipan, quite a full-on ripe, sweet fruit, oak and acid style. Impressive but just a little too obvious for me - could be reined back slightly.
(2017) This is a very grown-up, serious style of Sauvignon Blanc as befits its winemaker, Andre Van Resnsburg, who once told me his ambition was to make a great white and a great red from Bordeaux varieties. It is concentrated and intense, some fresh pea-shoot and elderflower, but a sense of steeliness too, the thrust of the acidity and weight on the mid-palate giving lots of savoury appeal. Long and juicy despite its obvious power, it is very impressive.
(2017) A strict selection of Elgin’s best quality vineyards. From fertile chalky soils. A nice medium style, aromatic with some exotic fruit, a little squeeze of lemon and a lovely crisp palate, lots of juicy, quite exotic lychee and mango, but the dry pear fruit and touches of chalky mineral acidity add another dimension. Also bottled extensively in 50cl.
(2016) From three different soils, but all in Stellenbosch, and 50-year-old bush vines. Barrel fermented and aged one year. Fresh and herb-touched nose, more zingy and fresh than the Vineyard Selection 2014. A little floral, spangle sweet note and lots of creamy quality oak and nutty apple. The oak supports beautifully, with hugely sweet fruit against sour lemon and salty acidity that is striking but delicious. A little hint of toffee. Maybe needs a little time for sweetness and acid to integrate.
(2015) Just 11% alcohol and 100% Clairette Blanche, this has a lovely perfume with delicate floral notes and gentle apple skin softness and ripeness. Sweetly fruited on the palate, with delicacy again.
(2015) Again, just 11% alcohol for this skin-fermented Pinot Gris which has a definite coppery-pink hue. Beautiful, gentle dry fruit and touches of earthiness. The combination of acidity and the dry tannins is lovely: it's dry in the finish, but has both some mealy texture from some time in older barrels and very good fruit.
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