The 2017 Thorne & Daughter Wanderer’s Heart is; 59% Grenache, 19% Grenache Noir, 33% Cinsault and 8% Mourvèdre.
The nose reveals; beautiful red & blue floral fruits. Blueberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum & poached strawberries. Touch of black licorice, cola, vanilla, dark rich soils, crushed dry rocks, steeped fruit tea with bright, dark, red and blue flowers.
The body is medium. Its mouthfeel reminds me of the light styles that can come out of Burgundy. The wine is delicious. Blueberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum & poached strawberries. Touch of black licorice, cola, vanilla, dark rich soils, crushed dry rocks, powdery chalkiness, grainy volcanic minerals, rich dark soils, steeped fruit tea with bright, dark, red and blue flowers. The acidity is amazing. The finish is well balanced, ripe floral, juicy with some dry tannins and minerals on the long set.
Photos of; Gabrielskloof Cellar Door courtyard, Estate vines, decomposed Granitic soils the vines grow in and the entrance to Gabrielskloof. — 7 days ago
This is their Bordeaux style red. The nose shows; dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, blueberries, strawberries & cherries. Dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spice, clove, some nutmeg, dark fruit cola, black licorice, a whiff of cherry cough syrup with dark, red and blue fresh & withering florals.
The body is near full with dark, meat, tarry and sticky tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance allow it to drink early but needs to be held 6-8 years plus. Dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, blueberries, strawberries & cherries. Dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spice, clove, some nutmeg, dark fruit cola, black licorice, a whiff of cherry cough syrup, deep, dark, heat penetrating dark spice, tobacco with ash, big leather with dark, red and blue fresh & withering florals. The acidy is good. The finish is nice, balanced but needs time to reveal its best self. 91 now with the potential for a little higher score in six to eight years.
We also had their 2017 Divas Chenin Blanc. It was very enjoyable but, didn’t have time to take notes as we had to get to Raats.
DeMorgenzon translates into morning sun.
Photos of; the grounds around DeMorgenzon, barrel room and stainless tanks in their cellar. — 10 days ago
The 2016 Maestro is; 32% Roussane, 23% Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay 23%, Viognier 15% & Grenache Blanc 7%.
The nose has very nice yellow florals, honeycomb, waxy notes, meyer lemon, green apple skin, fresh herb notes, white peach, lime, pineapple, some apricots with yellow/spring flowers with mixed greens.
The body is lean to medium. The fruits start fresh, lively and waxy and evolve into deep crispy minerality, white spice and powdery chalkiness, honeycomb, waxy, meyer lemon, green apple skin, fresh herb notes, white peach, lime, pineapple, some apricots with yellow/spring flowers with mixed greens. The acidity is a little too high for my wheelhouse and the balanced finished goes on and on.
Photos of; another area of their tasting lounge, large oak casks, property grounds and the view from their Cellar Door. — 10 days ago
We had this wine twice on our trip. Once in their tasting room and again while on Safari at Rattray’s with dinner. Consistent notes and delicious both times for the price point.
The nose reveals; bright, ripe, red, blue and floral fruits. Vanilla, dark cherries, strawberries, blackberries, dark, rich soils, black licorice, steeped fruit tea, light baking spices and red, blue and dark florals.
The body is full. Tannins are dark & cocoa powdery, a little meaty and sticky. Ripe, red, blue and floral fruits. Vanilla, dark cherries, strawberries, blackberries, dark, rich soils, black licorice, steeped fruit tea, light baking spices, leather, dry tobacco with ash dry soils, granite minerals and red, blue and dark florals. Good acidity and a well polished finish. Hold a few years and get its even better self.
Photos of; the entrance to Kanonkop, courtyard artwork, entrance signage and the mountains viewed from the property and where they procured the name for their Cellar Door. — 8 days ago
I absolutely adore the 1998 Dom Pérignon at this stage in development, as this was a marvelous surprise to see how balanced and seductive this wine is now. Showing a slightly lower viscosity than the ’96, the 1998 Dom Pérignon greets you with a wonderfully nutty and musty bouquet, followed by great tension and linear progression on the mid-palate. The wonderful sense of freshness complements the nutty, wild mushroom, peat moss and orchard fruit flavors. This has a wonderful saline streak that runs through the exceedingly long finish. While marvelous now, this has at least fifteen years left. Drink 2019-2035- 97
— a day ago
Part of the Wine Nerd Herd shenanigans which was hosted by no one other than @Eric LaMasters in Iwoa. This all Magnum pairing started with the 98 Krug. Drinking extremely well for its age and has me believing this has many years ahead of it. Fresh French bread, green apple, notes of toasted hazelnuts on the nose. Appeared to be a bit backward on first sip yet with air showed light bubbles and candied lemon and baked apple. Long persistent finish that paired well with oysters and shrimp cocktail. — 2 days ago
Red Field blend of a lot of wacky grapes from Isere @Delectable Wine which is next to Savoie. It’s Vin de France. Lovely nose. Pure, deep, grapey, foresty, cranberry, very Of a place and alpine. Palate is bright and deep, with lovely texture and juiciness. Terrific elegance and power allied with a medium body. Wonderful freshness and purity. Excellent length and balance. Hint of rusticity and so bright yet also grapey and dark. It’s really delicious and so unique. — 6 days ago
The 2016 Jasper is a blend of; 60% Cabernet Franc, 31% Malbec , 7% Petit Verdot & 2% Merlot.
The nose is a little shy. Muted, ruby, dark berry fruits. Dark, rich soils, herbaceous notes, woody notes, powdery minerals, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries and poached strawberries. Hints of caramel & mocha, black licorice and dark & blue fresh flowers.
The body is ripe, juicy and full. Dark, spices, tarry, meaty and sticky tannins. Ruby, dark berry fruits. Dark, rich soils, herbaceous notes, wood plank, powdery minerals, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries blue fruits, and poached strawberries. Touch of mint, crushed, dry granite, dry brush, hint of caramel & mocha, black licorice and dark & blue fresh flowers. The acidy is again very good. The finish is well balanced, ripe, juicy and evolves on the long palate set with dark spice and dry tannins.
Photos of; the view from their tasting room, lots of beautiful original artworks from famous local artists...a few of them the Uncle of our host, examples of some of the soil structures around their tasting room vines and their upstairs tasting room.
— 9 days ago
Sourced from the esteemed ‘Olsen Vineyard’ in the Yakima Valley, this wine is a compelling blend of 47% Cinsault with 27% Grenache and 26% Syrah. Pretty red rose and watermelon with orange blossom and shades of white pepper aromatics all build in the glass. The palate unveils a silky texture and a rich, gratifying mouthfeel. Once in the mouth, bright guava, strawberry and lighter earthy and wet stone undertones round out this downright delicious Rose. While beautiful in its youth, this impressive effort will cellar well over the next five plus years. Drink 2019-2024- 92 — 2 days ago
Anthony took us to the tasting room in their Cellar to taste the Hamilton Russell line of wines.
This was a very nice Pinotage. Not quite the same style as Kanonkop. It’s a little softer and not quite as dark in fruit. Still a very well made wine. Enjoyed it quite a lot.
Photos of, the Hamilton Russell Vineyard, Anthony’s pouring our tasting, barrels around our tasting, and a long view of their property and house on the hilltop. — 4 days ago