Taaibosch, Crescendo 750ml 2018South Africa, Stellenbosch
Profound, poised and authentic, this maiden release is the most exciting new project to come out of Stellenbosch in a decade. The Taaibosch 2018 Crescendo continues the legacy of the famed Cordoba Crescendo of the late ‘90s. It is the ultimate expression of high-altitude Cabernet Franc from prime Helderberg terroir, backed by visionary international investment and crafted by Schalk-Willem Joubert (ex-Rupert & Rothschild).
'The first release is the Crescendo 2018, a blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, matured in a combination of 225-litre oak barrels, 9 000-liter foudre, and 4 500-liter cement tanks. Engaging aromatics of red berries, some leafiness, and pencil shavings precede a palate that is medium-bodied (alcohol is 13.5%) with good freshness and fine, chalky tannins. It combines clarity of fruit with a pleasing tension and comes across as both elegant and understated, very much recalling the Crescendo that Chris Keet made in the late 1990s.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 92/100
'Deep and seductive, with shy red and brooding dark fruit. An earthy, savoury base note lifted by fresh shards of crushed stone, tilled soil and aromatic herbs and wrapped up in fine oak spice accents. The palate follows with a cool entry, lively red fruit, classic Bordeaux notes of plush fruit over fine-grained tannins. Ready to drink now as it is utterly sumptuous on the palate, delivering on that seductive nose, but with such refined tannins that it is sure to last for a decade and beyond. The subtle richness is perfectly poised by balancing freshness and such exquisite purity. This wine is impressive and classic, yet undeniably modern. It is as delicious as any Bordeaux in this class at twice, even three times the price. Long, chalky and savoury-coated tannins leave a long and balanced impression.' – James Pietersen (Feb 2021)
'Most profound wine release of the year? The decade? It has to be Taaibosch – Cabernet Franc expression on prime Helderberg terroir. The old Cordoba has been revived with Schalk-Willem Joubert (ex R&R) at the helm and proper international investment. The Taaibosch Crescendo 2018 is 60/40 Cabernet Franc and Merlot, checking in at 13.5% alcohol with cement, barrel and large foudre ageing. Decades of experience meets incredible terroir. Engaging, aromatic, elegant and profound. It's new-wave wine in honesty and poise, but modern in its purity and precision. The vision is long term, which matches the perfectly structured wine. It’s very, very good.' – Roland Peens (Jan 2021)
'The Crescendo is a true reflection of the terroir from which its grapes originate, and is particularly characteristic of wine made in the historic region of Stellenbosch. It is the Cabernet Franc in particular, where purity of the fruit is amplified by the site on which it is grown. Notes of white pepper, cloves, and red berries gives this wine delightful aromatics to pleasure the senses. The tension in the wine lends itself to an elegant finish, bringing together the various elements in a genteel fashion culminating in a well-polished wine.' – Winemaker
|Technical analysis||RS: 3.76 g/L | TA: 5.96 g/L | PH: 3.57|
|Blend information||65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Taaibosch, previously known as Cordoba, is located on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. The unique position of the 59-hectare estate provides ideal conditions for growing Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. At an altitude of 300 metres above sea level, the vineyards benefit from the gentle cooling sea breezes. Cellar master Schalk-Willem Joubert crafts these exceptional wines. The farm follows a traditional hands-on approach to winemaking, focuses on sustainability and is organic in conversion.|
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