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"NEW WORLD WINERY OF THE YEAR, Wine Enthousiast Magazine USA 2005" / "BEST SOUTH AFRICAN WINERY" Wine Magazine SA 2004-2008 / "MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCER" Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show SA 2002-2004/2006

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CHARDONNAY RESERVE *201415.95
The wine has a complex nose of citrus/orange blossom, white peach, pineapple, apricot and hints of hot buttered toast. The taste is long and elegant with a lively minerality. Serve at 12° C with crab, fresh trout, smoked salmon, crayfish or lobster. In October 2015, the 2014 Reserve Chardonnay was rated as one of the top chardonnays in Christian Eedes Prescient Chardonnay Report 2015 Awards.
IWR: 91+, Tim Atkin: 91
SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVE201613.80
Bright, pale yellow. Pungent yet subtle scents of grapefruit pith, tarragon, crushed herbs and minerals. Broad, ripe and intense, with a slightly yellow-fruit sweetness to its penetrating fruit-driven flavours. Combines a wonderfully smooth texture with considerable power.
Tanzer: 91
SEMILLON RESERVE *201415.30
Attractive light green colour. Nose shows intense citrus, white flowers, honey and spice. The wine is finely focused, complex and well balanced with a crisp acidity. Excellent with mussel soup, salmon, grilled Yellowtail and chicken. Stunning with seared tuna and scallops. By trying to avoid malolactic fermentation, so that the lemony freshness of the wine is never disturbed and by using tight grained barrels with a blonde toasting, the impression of minerality is reinforced. Might just be the greatest Semillon on this planet!!"
Platter: ****½, IWR: 91, Tim Atkin: 93
STRAW WINE *20139.90
Grapes were either dried on the vines or on wooden pallets. The grapes were not crushed or de-stemmed but fermented on the skins. The fermenting sweet juice was transferred to old barrels for completion of alcoholic fermentation. Ripe, tropical fruit abounds on the nose but the wine does not become dull and uninteresting due to marvelous acidity and freshness on the palate. Serve well chilled at 8-10 degrees Centigrade. Do not serve with chocolate in any form! Blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon.
Platter: ****½
CABERNET / MERLOT *20129.45
Bright dark red. On the nose striking cassis underlined with cedar and a fresh ripe fruit character. On the palate the freshness carries through with a sprightly lingering finish. Blend composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 2% Malbec.
Platter: ****; Tim Atkin: 90
DNA RESERVE *201315.50
Compote of berry fruit nicely rounded by chocolate and coffee notes. The tannin structure is round and soft with a lingering aftertaste. Enjoy with Karoo lamb rack, beef stews and pasta dishes. 2013 was a warm year with good, healthy grapes at perfect ripeness. And vastly superior to the highly regarded 2007 and 2009 vintages. Cabernet Franc 75%, Merlot 20% & Cabernet Sauvignon 5%