2016 Tim Atkin’s South Africa Special Report - 92 points
Veritas - Double Gold
2017 Platter's Wine Guide - 4½ stars
This is the signature Cabernet Sauvignon of Neil Ellis. It is a distinctive style with all the hallmarks of the Jonkershoek Valley and known for its distinctive balance of elegance and fruit power. Medium intense ruby red colour. Restraint aroma but deep, complex perfumes of blue and black small berry fruit. Cedary aromas and touches of mint, so typical of a Jonkershoek wine. The palate is smooth and plush followed by fine, but dense tannins. A ripe, soft tannin vintage with savoury expression.
Well established trellised vineyards planted on a northwest facing slope on well-drained decomposed granite soils. These vineyards have access to supplementary irrigation.
Cold and wet winter conditions and a relatively warm and dry summer resulted in good and even budding. Harvest commenced on 15 March 2013 . Grapes were harvested 25.8°B with a total acid of 7.3 g/l and a pH of 3.4.
Fermentation is initiated in stainless steel tanks. The crushed grapes underwent a series of pump overs until dry. Further maceration is allowed before drawing off and light pressing. Malolactic fermentation completed in new new French oak barrels. This wine spent 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels.
Bottled in December 2014.
These limited release wines demonstrate the distinctiveness of specific vineyard sites and represent our finest quality. The Jonkershoek Valley and more specifically the south facing slopes are of the coolest sites in Stellenbosch.
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