Wow - amazing wine for a summer evening... good by itself or with bbq. — 9 days ago
Okay, some explanation is in order. First of all, the wine is off-scale awesome. Absolutely beautiful fruit on the nose, balance throughout a lingering, elegant finish. Fantastic. The cork, on the other hand, was a disaster. This wine was stored on its side at 55 F upon receipt from the winery. I am absolutely certain that Justin does his due diligence in selecting corks, but something clearly was amiss with at least this cork from the 2007 Heartstone. This is just a word of caution: if you have this in your cellar, the wine is awesome. Just be careful with the cork! — 12 days ago
Absolutely love the taste of this tempranillo — 6 days ago
Quarantine wine. Purchased from last bottle. Robust. Delicious — 2 months ago
Charcuterie and musty cheese envelop the nose. Yes. Makes you think great things are at hand. They are!!!! Deep blackberry and boysenberry hit the palate followed by some expresso and chocolate. Some earthy hints show too, as the longer 30+ seconds finish makes you want more. This still needs a few more years to get to its peak, but well worth the pop of the cork — 25 days ago
Pictured above. A hand written note left with a book of short stories by relatively unknown writer, Krzhizhanovsky. The book, I left for when I’m on shift at the coffee shop. A handcrafted wood pen from Muji. And a bottle of cluster processed red wine.
Oh, and books. Many books. I’ve missed them.
Unique pepper jam, peach and jalapeño bouquet. If gunpowder and raspberry compote had sex.
Rich, unctuous, a cornucopia of jammy fruit. This channels the energy of a very robust, energetic universe of soil, water, and sunshine.
Beautiful layer of creamy kick right at the end gives it a little sensual oomph. This one woke me up and made love to my taste buds. Lots of pheromonal references for a juicy, voluptuous wine.
— 17 days ago
for me it has its own style of both relatively sharp acidity & slightly faded fruitfulness, like Grand Reserva. it seems it needs more time like at least 3-5yrs for matured pleasant cedar and forest like aromas.
Fruit is sourced from a variety of sites ranging from the sandy gravel soils of the Firgrove and Raithby ward to sandy/loamy granite soils of the Jonkershoek ward. In essence, it is a blend of Stellenbosch Cabernets showing the variety of terroirs to be found, all harvested by hand at optimal ripeness. Five days fermentation in open concrete tanks with temperature control and regular manual plunging and pump-overs. The malolactic fermentation was carried out in lined concrete tanks after which the wine was transferred to 225L French oak barrels (25% new oak) where it was matured for 20 months. — 13 days ago