Director’s Reserve 2014
|Varietals||36.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36.5% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot|
|Appellation||Wine of Origin Stellenbosch, South Africa|
|Awards||94 points Platter 2018, Gold at Vitis Vinifera 2017, Silver Outstanding at International Wine and Spirits Competition 2017, 91 points at Decanter World Wine Awards 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.
Deep dark ruby almost inky black center, a brilliant, bright clean dark red edge.
This wine is deep and richly steeped in black fruit and wood nuances. The impact of the new French oak wood is balanced and forward leading to a complexity on the nose. The depth of fruit and layers leads one to an expectation and excitement. The potential of the wine is clear but will need time for the intense cassis and black berry fruit to come forward. This wine is complex and layered with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and spice. This wine is as yet to open to its fullest potential.
The palate is very complex and layered with rich full ripe tannins both from the fruit and the new French oak barrels. The cassis and blackberry fruits are full on the front of the palate adding length to the mid palate. The follow on after the fruit is the dark chocolate and dry firm tannin that carries the soft ripe sweetness of the fruit and the vanilla from the wood tannins. The palate is still tight and closed but given enough time will reveal an exciting rich vibrant black berry fruit which is rich and dark, mulberry and blackberry in intense sweetness. This wine is very unique and complex expressing the 2014 vintage in totality. With the use of the four of the five main varieties from the Bordeaux area, showing the ability to combine together to create a structured and well integrated wine with an intense depth and complexity. The wine is seriously defined by its elegance and subtlety as High Road wines are well known for. This wine will prove to be one the more exciting wines to cellar and with the correct cellaring it will prove to be another most wonderful drinking experience to come out of the High Road Cellar.