(2018)
Cabernet Sauvignon 38%, Syrah 35%, Merlot 27% is the blend for this wine from Franschhoek, matured 10 months in 3rd-fill French oak barrels. Its a deep and plummy style, the merlot perhaps dominating the aromatics, but there's a cherry, even lightly minty and floral lift too. In the mouth a flood of chocolaty blueberry and blackcurrant fruit is pretty much a 'fruit bomb', but it is allied to some good tannin weight and balanced cherry acids to give this a bright and appealing character too.
(2018) A wine you won't forget, Amnésia is a blend of Aragonez (Spain's Tempranillo) with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the sort of Portuguese/French mix that the Alentejo region does rather well. Unoaked, there's a bright blackcurrant and kirsch character on the nose, and the palate presents a straightward but juicy and highly gluggable raft of sweet, dark berry fruit, all balancing nicely into the finish which is smooth and elegant. Very nicely done, super-modern stuff.
(2017) It's still very much niche, but the 'natural wine' category has emerged over the past decade or so to create a new category of wine, like this one, grown organically (and in this case biodynamically), made with skin contact and without laboratory yeasts or added sulphur. A cloudy yellow/orange colour, the nose has yeastiness and a little wheat beer note, a fat lemony fruitiness, and all sorts of straw and light earthy characters. In the mouth it has texture and a shimmering core of mineral and lemon fruit and acidity, unfruity as is the way of these wines, but layered with intriguing and complex nuances. It's not for everyone, but it's a good example of this genre. Watch the video for more information.