I’d polished a bottle of the 2017 without making a single note. So when I saw the 2018, I knew I had to do better.
A delightful nose of gooseberry (the delicious SA garden weed variety that we’d scavenge from their fragile lace casings as kids), peaches, citrus (orange, lime, grapefruit), pines needles and fynbos. Add to that some tropical fruits and saltiness on the palate. Dry, with delicious acidity and a long finish.
Balance (1) + Length (1) + Intensity (1) + Complexity (½) = A very good wine, though I may be biased because of my fondness for Riesling.
Can be drunk now, but has potential for much further ageing.
Viti + Vini:
Grown in Elgin, where the mountain shadows, south facing vines and ocean and river breezes provide a cool climate. The grapes are handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented and left on their fine lees for 4 months for added complexity and texture.
The vineyards are located on the banks of the Palmiet River, in the Kogelberg Reserve that is home to 1654 plant species not found anywhere else on earth .The wines are made by MW, Richard Kershaw. Ps. Did you know that Richard is one of only 10 MW’s who actively make their on wines?