The 2021 Le Luc comes from a single vineyard picked several times. It underwent a triple sorting and includes 30% whole bunches, matured in 30% new oak. It is refined and pure on the nose: brambly black fruit, white pepper and a very subtle garrigue/lavender aroma. The palate is soft on the entry. Good weight, rounded in style, with a slight reduction on the strangely almost Syrah-like finish. Moderate length. Give it a year in bottle. Drink 2025-2035.
Craig Wessels doesn’t always get the praise he deserves for this Pinot Noir, which is often among the best in the Hemel-en-Aarde region. Intense, layered and well structured, it has a hint of good reduction, plum, raspberry and black cherry fruit, vibrant acidity and subtle sweetness from 30% new barrels. One to cellar. Drink 2024-31
Beautifully fragrant, redcurrant leaf, soft sage, summer berries, with candied beetroot and kola nut. It floats across the palate with a nervy, stony note courtesy of the granitic soils and a bittersweet amaro elements on the mid-palate, with dried cranberrry, rosemary and orange peel. Lingers beautifully, with bright acidity complimented by subtle tannins.
Some 35% fermented whole-berry. Matured for 12 months in 228-litre barrels, 35% new. Seductive aromatics of red and black berries, musk, floral perfume, tea-leaf and white pepper while the palate has luscious fruit, bright acidity and velvety tannins. Full of charm and already quite accessible.
Bright crimson. Firm, ambitious nose. More burgundian than most South African Pinots! Very subtle with violet notes and it may even develop mushroom notes. Really polished, fine tannins. Quite long. Ideally wait until next year. Drink 2024-2030.