Fossa Mala

Alto Estate

Superior Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

David T
9.3

Our last night in Mala Mala and Rattray’s. We loved everything about Mala Mala, Rattray accommodations, staff (especially, Reggie our Game Guide and Trevor who manages the restaurant & Bar), the 33,000 acres of wild bush and the all-stars, the wild life.

The 2014 Alto Cabernet is lush, silky and beautiful. So easy to drink, yet complex. The body full and the tannins round, soft and velvety. The fruits; ripe, dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, plum skin, dark cherries and strawberries comes on as it opens up after an hour in the decanter. Baking spices; clove, very light cinnamons, some vanilla, dark spice, medium intensity granitic minerals, beautiful spices, dark, rich soils, herbaceous notes, eucalyptus/mint, dry soils with dark fresh and withering florals. The acidity is round and beautiful. The structure, tension, length and balance are knitting together nicely. The finish is; ripe, lush, well balanced, polished and lingers for minutes. Another great QPR wine.

Photos of; our late Mala Mala sunset, the 80 herd Buffalo we met at twilight, male Lion and Lionesses in their 3 day mating ritual and our hillside coffee break watching the 40 Elephant herd we visited earlier.
— a year ago

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Sofia Jalilie

Sofia Jalilie

It was hard to leave. If anyone has thought about a Safari adventure, Rattray’s at Mala Mala will likely surpass your expectations. 🥂🦏🐆🦓🦒

Vinograd SV Ante

Saints Hills Mala Nevina White Blend 2015

Malvasia Chardonnay blend. Very nice mid-palate — 3 years ago

Fossa Mala

Sauvignon

Fruit and slate — 4 months ago

Thelema Mountain Vineyards

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

David T
9.2

We had this with Oxtail dinner at Rattray’s in Mala Mala last night.

Not my usual detailed notes. This is ripe & lush like the Nederburg but with more complexity.

The palate showed ripe and slightly candied fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries and a hint of blue fruits. Nice softly layered baking spices, dark chocolate, mocha, rich, dark soils, some dry top, well done granitic minerals and fresh red and dark florals. The acidity round & beautiful. The finish, ripe, lush, well balanced & polished. Good QPR here.

Photos of, today’s Mala Mala sunrise, baby calf elephant along with the nearly 40 in the herd and a total of over 100 Elephants seen today, playful male dominance of the Giraffe’s intertwining and smacking necks/mid section and the grand prize, male spotted Leopard. An amazing finish to our last day.
— a year ago

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Bodegas Antonio Arráez

Mala Vida Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Dark cherry. Red fruit, soft. — 4 months ago

Nederburg

The Winemaster's Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

David T
9.1

Another great day game driving in Mala Mala.

We had this Cabernet with Ostrich at Rattray’s. The Ostrich delicious. If you haven’t had Ostrich, it’s very good...comparable to a very good Sirloin Strip only better.

No well detailed notes on the Cabernet. However, it’s quite good. The wine is; ripe, round, lush and full body. Nice fruits of; blackberries, blueberries and dark cherries. Nicely layered, soft baking spices; cinnamon, vanilla, just a touch of clove & nutmeg. Dark chocolate, hints of mocha, dark rich soils, soft granitic minerals, round acidity, well balanced with a lush finish. Nice & easy to drink. Extremely good QPR here.

Photos of; tonight’s Mala Mala sunset, Bull Elephant stopping for a drink, two Rhinos with their Calf and our nine Giraffe sighting this morning.

— a year ago

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Ryan Vento

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Enjoying the photos! I’m living vicariously through these posts 🤪
Sharon B

Sharon B

Loving your pictures. I lived in Ethiopia in the 60’s, my dad was stationed there in the navy. Don’t ever plan on going back but am enjoying your pictures!

Henri Bourgeois

Les Baronnes Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Nice minerality. Enjoyed at Mala — 2 years ago