Really would not be surprised if I was told that this was left bank Bordeaux. Dense blackcurrant, mulberry, plum (though fresh – not over-ripe). Only possible doubt would be owing to the sense of sweetness to the fruit.
On the nose, notes of toasty tobacco and graphite, wafts of something herbaceous, hints of undergrowth and the beginnings of a tertiary character. The palate is first savoury, then sweet, silky, plush fruits, dried cranberry and currant, and toast and dried herbs. The savoury-bitter tannins are beginning to melt and feel quite noble, gently materialising over a long, Mahler adagietto-invoking finish. Very impressive, just beginning to show mature notes and a must for lovers of South African claret-style wines.
FROM THE PRESS
“The 2014 Estate Reserve is a blend of 37% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 2% Syrah. It has an intense bouquet of black cherries, boysenberry, pressed iris petals and a touch of iodine, all very focused and seeming to just close up a little with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins framing crisp blackberry and bilberry fruit laced with licorice and sea salt. It feels very composed on the finish, yet I suspect that it might close up for a couple of years. Have a cellar handy.”Neal Martin, Vinous.com