2016 Tim Atkin’s South Africa Special Report - 93 points
Deep and generous red colour with a dark core. The aromatics reveal red and black fruits with fresh liquorice and black olive notes. The palate is seamless, sophisticated and stylish. Structure and texture weave into a tightly focussed, multi-dimensional continuum. Fine and persistent shaley tannins conspire with bright acidity.
This classically structured, beautifully balanced wine has all the finesse and integrity to develop and evolve with careful cellaring. 2015 - 2025.
65% Cabernet Sauvignon – Jonkershoek Valley
35% Syrah – Groenekloof
Both sites comprise of decomposed granite and pockets of Malmesbury shale.
Grapes were harvested between 15 March and 20 March. Yields of between 5 to 6.5 tons per ha on 33 hl/ha and 42 hl/ha were achieved. Grapes were picked at 25°B to 25.5 °B with total acidity between 6.8g/l and 7.4 g/l. The pH averaged 3.5 at harvest.
Fermentation initiated in stainless steel fermenters and underwent a series of pump overs until dry. Further maceration followed before drawing off, light pressing and racking to barrel.
This wine spent 20 months in French oak barrels: 80% 1st fill, the balance in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
Bottling date: January 2013
This wine is symbolic of the sharing of knowledge and wisdom from generation to generation.
|Webb Ellis 2011||Warren Ellis||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Webb Ellis 2010||Warren Ellis||Cabernet Sauvignon|