Peter Finlayson has reviewed and tasted the vintage wine stock, selecting the finest vintages as coveted additions to private collections:
Deftly balanced, rich and dark-coloured with plum and pretty floral, fruity aromatics. Luscious tannins which call one back into the glass – very appealing on the polished after taste! 15 months in French oak.
Trophy Winner - Old Mutual Trophy Awards, 2008
Vintage 2009 Sans Barrique has been naturally produced with an emphatic fruit purity and minerality, an unwooded Chardonnay. Great length from tantalizingly luscious acidity. Strong hints of peach and kiwi fruit with a few drops of lemon!
The element of innovation is presented by blending a classic barrel-fermented (new French oak) portion of Chardonnay (50%) with a fruity non-malo unwooded portion (50%). The new wood compliment provides added vanilla and toasted hazelnut tones. The wine is broad and powerful with a firm underlying structure that allows the lemon, toast and peach flavours to exaggerate as it matures! The firm streak of fruit acid binds the structure and graces the finish.
Grown at a high elevation of 700 meters in a blind mountain valley behind the village of Villiersdorp where this location is more reminiscent of the Swiss Alps than a typical South African Vineyard site. 2007 is a great vintage where clean fruit offers a tight but full flavoured peachy wine which elicits a hint of oak, vanilla and green apple. Fermentation is a classic Burgundian copy where the wine is matured “sur lie” for eight months in traditional 225 litre “pieces” with 25% being first fill barrels.