(2019) Clairette, Chenin, Verdeho, Palamino. Named after a professor who wired Pieter up to brain and skin sensors to measure sub-conscious reactions as he tasted scores of barrel samples. They came back with his ‘ideal’ wine based on the readings. Seeds and nuts and loads of zesty lemon and apple, but dry and salty too, that saline character, a sour tanginess that is mouth-watering. Just lovely.
(2019) Steen is the old name for Chenin Blanc in South Africa. A lot more funkiness than the Klipkop, with melon skins, apple cores and a dry character. Absolutely sparkling fruit sweetness and clarity, a great texture and grip here, a bitter almond oil touch to the finish, smooth and long, though concentrated fruit and pith acids balance out in the finish.
(2019) From the Klipkop vineyard, planted in 1966, this fermented for 16 months on the lees. It has a nose of melon and lightly waxy citrus skins. The palate burst with juicy, ripe, pear and melon, recently bottled and will settle, but just thrilling orange acidity that is vital and full of energy. Stockist at time of review is for an earlier vintage.
(2019) From Elgin fruit on red slate soils, not disimilar to many of the Mosel's great vineyards according to Jessica. This is just - just - off-dry with its 7.5g/l of residual sugar. Lovely aromatics, perfumed and floral with lots of zippy lemon, the confit lemon and fresher zesty notes set against that almost imperceptible hint of sweetness.
(2019) From the two single vineyards named on the label, just released after four years, two in older barrels and two in bottle. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and a singular wine from an area where this variety is rarely seen. A fascinating nose, with touches of camphor and green, green fig, that austerity and touch of ashy , dry smokiness, but the black fruit is there. Lovely palate, marrying that austerity with a rich, fully ripe and sweet blackcurrant core, a softening underpinning from the barrel and spices, but such fine tannins and cool, clean acidity.
(2019) Grown on shale in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Only picked the south facing side of each vine for the cool fruit, leaving the rest for the farmer. No punch downs or temperature control. Seven months in old wood. Very pale colour, a very pure perfume here, a super light blackcurrant fruitiness, that pastille character comes from two thirds of the wine being made with carbonic maceration perhaps, the final third natural ferment. Cherry and blackcurrant pastille fruit, so pretty, sweet and light, just great acidity but tannins so chalky and fine, and everything so gentle.
(2019) From the Cape of Good Hope this is old vine Roussanne, Chenin, Semillon, Clairette Blanche and Chardonnay. Beautiful oak treatment here, that creaminess and light toast, the natural ferment character adding a lovely spicy and funky touch. The palate has a surprisingly fresh and direct lemony fruit. Lovely light touch, shimmering with bold citrus flavours, lovely grip but not phenolic.
(2017) Very pure fruit, a really intense aroma of red berries and a hint of ashy lift and liquorice. The palate has sheer, silky fruit, plush but fresh and medium bodied, such sweet and pure fruit into a long, elegant, but powerfully concentrated finish. A huge contrast to the Ten Minutes, concentrated, plush, but equally delicious. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for the 2014 vintage.
(2017) Nice flinty character here, very appealing, though quite closed, feels just a little constrained and as though there's a lot still to come in a true baby of a wine. Very nice balance, very nice tight citrus zest and hints of that flinty mineral saltiness, suggest this will evolve very nicely and I am confident it will deserve its score. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for the 2014 vintage.
(2017) Winemaker Luke Lomax says the philosophy is to look for balance between fruit, acid and phenolics and always lower alcohols. Crushed and fermented with wild yeast in 500l puncheons, no malo. Quite creamy and appley, the light earthinss and straw-like notes of wild yeast complexity, lime rind and a touch of spice. The palate shows lovely nuttiness and a bit of breadth of texture, but that taut mineral and lemon/apple dry acid and keenly juicy fruit concentration gives great clarity. Note price and stockist shown at time of review is for the 2014 vintage.