(2013) A heftier 14.7 abv here. The blend is 55% Shiraz, 45% Pinotage matured 18 months in 225 and 500-litre barrels, all French and 50% new, and whole berry fermented in large oak. Very nice spice and cedar, quite peppery and rich, an earthy tone too and plenty of ripe berries. The palate is flooded with creamy red and black fruit, juicy and has a lovely choc finish with very nice balance if a little lacking in plumpness.
(2013) Fruit not quite so forward here, more about gentle earthy spice and cedar. Some dry redcurrant and a touch of raspberry perhaps, and some definite herby/spicy notes. The palate is clean, lean and juicy. There's a really nice freshness to this, some delicious tang and vibrancy, the long, fresh finish touched by cherry and floral notes too. Lovely.
(2013) A very fragrant style this, the oak sweet but floral too, with a minty freshness to the fruit, notes of apple and pear, Asian pear perhaps, spiciness following. The palate has that freshness nicely handled too, with the lemon and lime juice of the fruit flooding the palate, then a creamy but delicate infill of oak. This is vibrant and juicy, the lemon zest squirt of acidity fresh and shimmering. Seriously Burgundian stuff and delicious with concentration and energy.
(2013) Plenty of nicely mid-way style here, with juicy fresh fruit and a hint of grassiness, but quite restrained too without too much tropical flamboyance. The palate has lovely fruit too - an easy, relaxed style of SB, but with precision and a fine limey cut of acidity. fresh with that gooseberry tang and dry finish.
(2013) Youthful aromas, but slightly vegetal rhubarb and beetroot notes are there, lots of Pinosity and a nice truffle background. The oak is beautifully fragrant too, incense and Sandalwood touches. There is mouth-filling, creamy and silky texture on this, with very good fruit and that lightly truffly richness and texture nutty and long. Bright acidity cuts through the savoury richness and supple tannins.
(2013) More subdued aromatically, the taut apple fruit and light layer of vanilla and cashew on top, but misses the 2012's vivacious aromatics a little. On the palate seems full and harmonious, with a smooth texture and lovely natural concentration again, very nicely resolved and very well done.
(2013) Softly inviting and very discreetly oaked, with juicy fruit of apples and pear, a touch of riper melon, and just that fine sheen of oak adding oatmeal and cashew. The palate has deliciously sweet fruit, lots of tangerine and nectarine that is exotic but juicy and vibrant, lovely tangy finish too. Very nicely made and well balanced stuff with juicy, pleasing appeal.
(2013) Delightful nose, a touch of fudge and a touch of chocolate even, with those lifted, burning incense aromas from that so nicely chosen oak. The palate has the same fullness and richness of texture, but the cherry and herb-touched dry crunch of the fruit and racy, tight focus of citrus pith and mineral tang gives excellent balance. A very good vintage this.
(2013) A little exotic incense here, quite subtle aromatics at this stage, but the berry softness and delicate chocolate, tiny spicy notes. On the palate it is taut and focused, the juicy freshness of the fruit is lovely, just sprinkled with an exotic, delicate spice and clove seasoning, running through to a juicy, well-balanced finish. 91
(2013) Fine, rounded berry fruit, with gentle oak, truffle and light smokiness, the palate showing a nice fruit balanced by leafy and vegetal notes that are quite Burgundian, with a dry cranberry finish and really nice balance showing light spice, good acidity and a savoury finish.