TASTED Journal 2012: 94.5 points
The Wine Spectator 2012: 90 points
The Wine Advocate 2011: 94 points
Mondus Vini 2011: Gold
Platter Guide 2010: 5 stars
Colour: Great depth and concentration of colour. Dark hue and purple, black centre.
Nose: A gorgeous perfume of sweet roasted herbs, red and black cherries, blackberries and spice.
Palate: This wine reveals terrific intensity with youthful hints as well as some savory spice and meaty aromas. Full bodied and opulent with more structure than some previous vintages.
This wine will really appreciate a bit of air up front. Restrained and sometimes quite closed at first. This already is a sign of age to come. The 2006 is pacing itself, holding firm to our beliefs that it will still be going in 10 years time
35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 32% Merlot
Most hearty red meat dished will compliment this wine. Think lamb shank or prime rib on the bone. Even if you feel the urge to go Moroccan, it won''t be too much for this wine.
In The Vineyard
Dry weather in February resulted in excellent, slow ripening conditions which contributed to good phenolic ripening Strong winds resulted in smaller berries, vigorous growth and a lighter crop, thereby favouring the concentration of fruit flavours, colour and extract in the wines.
Region: Helderberg ward
About The Harvest
The 2006 vintage was characterised by uneven ripening, especailly among red cultivars, as a result of cold rainy weather during the budding season. On the whole growth was good however, and the canopy sufficient, with warm dry weather in February resulting in excellent, slow ripening conditions, which contributed to good phelonic ripening
In The Cellar
100% Barrel maturation in 300 lt oak from French Coopers, for 15 months. A small percentage of open grain complemented the mainly tight grain oak selecttion.