The presence of Syrah is in decline in the final blend and the influence of Grenache, Cinsaut, Carignan and Tinta Barocca is more pronounced. The Mourvèdre component is the strongest it has ever been and has brought an amazing dynamic about in terms of the finishing of the wine – persistence.
2018 is a wine with a big temperament: explosive, but not excessive. It is like a plane with perfect aerodynamics, flying effortlessly; very much in line with 2001, 2008, and 2011.
The nose is already quite impressive, showing lemon skin, grapefruit, honeysuckle, and pear, with a “rusty” savoury type of edge. The palate shows boundless energy, fine tannin and trademark towering acidity. It’s the type of wine that builds in the mouth, revealing more of itself, unfolding, cascading.
Chris and Suzaan Alheit truly represent some of what is cool and new in South Africa. They work with some very old vineyards, using no sulphur or intervention in the fermentation, elevage is exclusively in neutral oak, and the wines are rich, textured, and very age-worthy.
Meyer lemon pith, raw honeycomb, wax melon, and yellow apple skin. Medium-bodied, the 13.5% alcohol wine is majestic on the palate, displaying a tightly wound mineral tension, a waxy and textural mouthfeel, and a kiss of phenolic bitterness to make this absolutely food-friendly and age-worthy. RP
A collaboration between some of the great wine minds of South Africa and the United States– American head winemaker Zelma Long brings years of experience to some very old vines in soils that are some of the oldest on the planet. Wine-grower Phil Freese designed the first Opus One vineyards, while managing partner Mike Ratcliffe is a South African wine entrepreneur.