Avis - Chardonnay (wooded) 2014
The premium cuvee, all from fruit off the farm, shows serious intent with hazelnut and toasted oak notes framing the opulent blood orange and fleshy white and yellow stone fruit. The wine is showing rich characters of sweet vanilla and marzipan, typical for a wooded Chardonnay from Paarl origin, but with a lovely chalky dryness that makes this a perfect companion to Paella, smoked Trout or cream based pasta.
Above the Mist – Merlot 2014
A gutsy and broad expression of the variety, with full intensity and full bodied, brooding fruit. Dark berries combine with spearmint, plum pudding, cocoa powder and vanilla. Ripe and generous, but also structured, displaying sound balance and effortless oak integration. The tannins are plush and accessible, making for fine drinking pleasure already. Pair with good charcuterie, roast chicken or game stews.
Three Oaks – Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Optimal ripeness displayed in brooding black fruit aromas with a slight, subtle undertone of garrigue and wet clay. These endearing aromas follow onto a full bodied palate that is youthful for a 2012 vintage, and confirms flavours of cassis, dried herbs and sandalwood, with a touch of leather developing. A confident and classy showing of Cabernet with lots of promise. This will marry well with hearty, earthy dishes like mushroom risotto, root vegetable stews or cassoulet.
Wagon Trail – Shiraz 2014
The 2014 Shiraz is exuberant next to the 2012, showing more youthful elements of blueberry fruit, black cherry, meat spice, cassis and black pepper. Similarly full bodied and lush, but with lively acidity and grippy tannins. This wine will benefit from more time in the cellar if patience allows, otherwise serve decanted with a juicy cut of grilled red meat prepared medium rare, with a peppercorn sauce.
Chardonnay (unwooded) 2015
Frivolous & juicy expression of Chardonnay in its increasingly popular unwooded form. Freshly cut Granny Smith apple, grapefruit, and citrus blossom aromas introduce a palate that is lifted by bright acidity with a dry tail. Perfect al fresco summer companion, particularly suitable for shellfish and simply prepared white line fish dishes.
Sauvignon Blanc / Chenin Blanc 2015
Sound marriage of first crop from young Sauvignon and Chenin blocks on the farm. Crisp, unassuming and easy drinking, but boding well for future harvests from these vines. Zippy freshness and grassy top notes from the Sauvignon, with Paarl’s soft yellow fruit and soft accessibility from the Chenin. The perfect summer picnic companion.
Sauvignon Blanc 2016
A zesty Sauvignon Blanc with a crisp finish and a good balance of acidity and residual sugar. Full of tropical fruit and grassy flavours, with intense passion fruit, pineapple, litchi and grapefruit characters on the nose.
A solid showing for the first Rosé, produced from equal parts Shiraz, Merlot and Cab Sauv. Well-balanced and dry with crisp acidity and medium body. Red berry flavours follow through on the palate with lingering floral notes, accompanied by delicate flavours of strawberry and raspberry fruits on the nose. A great accompaniment to seafood or creamy pasta dishes.
MERLOT / SHIRAZ 2016
Bourdeaux tussles with the Rhone. Strategic intervention in both cellar and vineyard bolster total terroir expression. The slopes of Paarl Mountain produce classic, polished and elegant wines, while deft oaking provides subtle support, allowing lovely red fruit purity to shine. Still an infant, with a bright future.
Rich ripe fruit with supple, chalky tannins which afford early enjoyability. Produced in traditional open fermenters (oopkuipe) and aged one year in 1st fill French oak barrels, the 2015 Merlot is characterised by layers of dark berry flavours, lovely balance and intensity interwoven into elegant structure. Best enjoyed with red meats, game dishes and good friends, it will reward further cellaring.