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(2019) Though the estate was sold by the Ratcliffe family in 2017, this wine still bears the title that referred to co-founder Norma Ratcliffe. It is essentially unoaked, and the alcohol is moderate at 13%, and yet it has a richness and touch of the 'golden Chardonnays' about it, with ripe fruit and stirring of the lees in tank building sweetness and texture. Fruit touches on the tropical, but is more about juicy melon, with a fleshiness and yet good balancing acidity.
(2019) Blending fruit from Cape Point and Darling. All stainless steel with a little bit of skin contact and lees ageing. Has that melon and citrus skin note, plenty of fruit density on the palate, very refreshing minerality. A squirt of lemon juice and saltiness is very refreshing. I cannot see a UK stockist for this at time of writing.
(2019) Natural ferments, some skin contact and barrel fermentation. Quite a subtle, nutty note here, over Cox’s Pippin fruit, a touch of fig. The palate has good sweetness, with a touch of RS, and a crowd pleasing palate with good texture and good fruit, a fresh acid finish. No UK retail listing at time of review.
(2018) Partner to the newly-introduced Chardonnay, and also bottled with the innovative twist off cork, this is a very nicely-pitched Sauvignon, showing both grassy, herbal zing and a ripe fruit profile. Touches of lychee and mago give an exotic flair, and the acidity balances that ripe fruit nicely into the finish.
(2018) For many, the main interest in this wine might be the closure on the bottle: the innovative 'Helix', an unscrewable cork, featured on wine-pages four years ago when it was announced, but appearing on a commercially available wine in the UK for the first time - watch the video for information and a demonstration of the cork, which is also on the Sauvingnon Blanc partner to this wine. The wine itself is a nicely fresh and crunchy Chardonnay, very lightly-oaked, and focused on succulent pear and more tropical fruit, with a herbal tang and lemony-fresh acidity. It's a nice example of restrained but ripe Chardonnay, and the cork is certainly a talking point.
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