Wine Cellar Insiders, April Value Mixed 6-Case NV Bottle size: 750mlMixed country, Mixed region
Notes on the 2019 vinatge: 'One-third matured for six months in older 500-litre French oak barrels. Blackcurrant, citrus, white peach plus a pleasant herbal note on the nose. The palate has lovely weight and poise – a dense core of fruit to go with bright acidity, the finish long and saline.' – Winemag Prescient Top 20 Wines South Africa 2020, 94/100
Raats, Original Chenin Blanc 2019 – R 140
'Benchmark chenin that punches way above its weight, 2019 follows form, offering remarkable value, consistency & regional character. Tank fermented, complex, expressing fruit ripeness & purity. Touch less concentration than 2018 (93 pts).' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (91/100)
Hartenberg, Chardonnay 2018 – R 150
'This is the second-tier Chardonnay at Hartenberg, but it's an ambitious wine at the price from Carl Schultz, with 20% new wood and 10% malolactic. Mealy, toasty and showing a nice combination of citrus, toast and baking spice flavours. Drink 2020-24.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 92/100
Trizanne Signature Wines, TSW Syrah 2019 – R 120
'Beautifully ripe and fresh black and red fruits on the nose accompanied by some aromatic spice – black pepper and cardamom – with some dust and warm earth undertones. On the palate, the fruit is persistent and abundant. Lovely concentration without being overly “heavy”. The fine-grained tannin keeps building in the mouth and with the balanced acid provides a classy framework for the pure red fruit to express itself. A beautiful wine.' – Winemaker
Chapoutier, Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rouge 2018 – R 175
'The 2018 Côtes Du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes De Bila Haut showed nicely, with both freshness and richness, Clean blackberry, currants, violets, and a kiss of minerality all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, with beautiful depth of fruit and a great finish.' – Jeb Dunnuck, 91-93/100
Rustenberg, John X Merriman 2019 – R 210
Notes on the 2018 vintage: 'It may not (quite) scale the same heights as the 2017, but this five-way Bordeaux red blend is still a very assured wine from the Barlows. Cassis and red berry fruit flavours are framed by 35% new wood, with a sprig of mint adding extra perfume. Drink 2022-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100
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