Director’s Reserve 2013
(discounted bottle price per case (6): R405)
|Varietals||57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot|
|Appellation||Wine of Origin Stellenbosch, South Africa|
|Awards||Gold at Vitis Vinifera 2017, 88 points Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, 92 points Platter 2018|
The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes were sourced from carefully selected trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch. These low yielding vines contribute to an increased concentration of flavour in the wine.
A full deep inky black center, a brilliant, bright clean red edge showing no signs of aging.
The 2013 vintage defines much of what we are finding on the nose and ultimately the palate. The complexity and structure are of such a nature that this wine will need more time to open and release the fruit and nuances that are still quite closed and hidden just yet. The wine is deeply complex and rich in fruit and wood nuances, showing the extended new wood aging in the new French oak. That one can still find the impact of the new French oak wood shows how tight the wine still is none the less it is balanced and rich with a gentle release of vanilla. The depth of fruit and the use of new wood is extremely well positioned to allow for the tightness needing only time to allow the release of the wines potential. In the back ground one finds the intense rich cassis and blackberry fruit. This complexity and depth of the fruit, wood along with the dark chocolate nuances sets up the expectation of the potential to age.
On entry the palate shows depth, complexity and deep layers of cassis, blackberry, and mulberry even dark chocolate. The tannins are subtle, however not forward but rather well placed to deliver an experience expressing the 2013 vintage. The use of carefully selected new French oak barrels shows itself in the finesse finding strength in their quiet power rather than being hard and forward, the barrel impact is in the background and building the foundation for the layers of fruit found in the wine. The follow on after the fruit is that of dark chocolate and a subtle sweetness – vanilla which combines well with the fruit and the tannins to make a very powerful experience on the mid palate. The palate is still rather closed yet with time in the glass it opens allowing the fruit out and showing what can be expected. This is a wonderful canvas with regards a Bordeaux and will deliver an exciting experience. With the correct cellaring it will become a very powerful drinking experience.