Riebeeksrivier Western Slopes 2018
This wine presents with bold, almost audacious spiciness coupled with blueberry and plum compote aromatics. The palate is similarly expressive and appealing with its vibrant spiciness. The same ripe, rich and plush plum and blueberry fruit flavours are also immediately apparent on the palate.This wine’s texture is pliable, supple and approachable but with good underpinning of well-knit oak that frames the fruit. A subtle licorice note is discernible on the drawn out, rewarding tail.
Accolades: 92 Points – Tim Atkin MW
Riebeeksrivier Western Slopes 2017
Tempting aromas of dried lavender, violet and fynbos with tendrils of spice alongside ripe black cherry, plum and blueberry fruit. Those same blue and black fruit flavours are found on the focused, complex palate. Simultaneously spicy and succulent but balanced with fine, dry tannin. Taut with good restraint. Very composed and sleek with grip and a delightful rich, earthy tail.
Accolades: 91 Points – James Suckling, 92 Points – Tim Atkin MW, 93 Points – Platter’s SA
Riebeeksrivier Western Slopes 2016
Gentle whiffs of violet underpin plum, blueberry and a brush of fynbos. The palate is initially plush and pillowy with plump berry notes. The intensity ramps up and an earthy and herbal element becomes apparent. Succulent and refreshing with good acidity, it remains restrained and understated with firm, dry tannin from sympathetic wood maturation. Lithe and pliable with a long, spicy tail.
Riebeeksrivier Western Slopes 2015
Beautiful perfume of violets with hints of walnut and a salty liquorice undertone. A touch of white pepper ads an enticing dimensions of spice. Clear minerality on the pallet fades into plush and elegant tannins. The palate is prominent with red fruit and bright raspberries, underpinned by light notes of French oak.
Riebeeksrivier Western Slopes 2014
Very typical aromas of plum and white pepper on the bouquet. The wine announces itself gently, with softly rounded and juicy red and black fruits. Spice too. This wine is about texture: satin smooth yet velvety and cosseting. Pliable and supple but with a notable core holding it firm. Although a subtle cedar flavour is apparent, it doesn’t overwhelm, just knits harmoniously. Elegant and refined but approachable, it lingers long.
Riebeeksrivier Western Slopes 2013
Appealing aromas of spicy fruitcake, black cherry, blackcurrant and cedar. A nuanced, layered and silky textured palate which abounds with richly ripe black fruits – cherry, blackcur-rant, cassis – tempered by harmonious oak which is superbly integrated, making for a harmonious whole. There are cigarbox and spice notes apparent too, along with an inky depth of flavour. Overall, it’s a refined and elegant wine with silky tannins, a plush opulence and a long, lingering aftertaste.
Grapes were harvested from blocks planted on the Western-facing slopes of the farm. All grapes were handpicked and transported to the cellar in the early morning. The grapes were sorted by an optic sorting machine and fermented in a combination of Nico Velo cement tanks and stainless steel tanks. Using different fermentation vessels ensures that each block’s unique characteristics are captured and emphasized. Blends and cultivar percentages will differ each year, seeing that no vintage is ever the same. Ageing was done in 4th and 5th fill French oak barrels for 16 to 18 months, before being bottling and released.
Lower yields and smaller bunches where visible in the vineyards because of the prolonged drought experienced in the Western Cape. Despite these challenging conditions, the quality of the 2018 vintage shows great promise. Advantageously the drier weather ensured healthy vines with little or no pests and disease.
Origin of Fruit
Grapes were harvested from blocks planted on the Western-facing slopes of the farm. All grapes were handpicked in lug boxes and transported to the cellar in cool trucks. After hand sorting, the different components were handled and fermented separately in various fermentation vessels. Ageing was done in a combination of 4th and 5th fill barrels and Nico Vello cement tanks. Using different vessels ensures that each block’s unique characteristics are captured and emphasized. Blends and cultivar percentages will differ each year, seeing that no vintage is ever the same.
With 2017 being the second consecutive dry and hot year, the harvest was slightly higher than expected. Cooler nights during the growing season and the absence of heatwaves during harvest season helped to buffer the effect of the drought to some extent. With dry weather conditions, the vineyards were healthier presenting smaller berries with good colour and a deeper concentration.
Origin of Fruit
Grapes were handpicked in small lug boxes and transported to the cellar in cool trucks. After hand sorting, all components were handled and fermented separately. Fermentation was done in various vessels, this ensures that the unique characteristics of each block and cultivar are captured and emphasized. The wine was aged in a combination of 4th and 5th fill barrels for 16 to 18 months. The blend and percentages will change with each vintage, seeing that no vintage is ever the same.
With lower rainfall bringing challenging conditions, the total wine grape production was lower than 2015. Even with drier weather conditions, the vineyards were healthy and produced smaller berries with high flavour concentration and good colour. 2016 May not be as upfront as the renowned 2015 vintage, but be sure to give it some time, for the depth and subtle structure indicates a very promising wine.
Origin of Fruit
Grapes were hand sorted to ensure only the best quality berry will be used. All components of the final blend where handled and fermented separately. Fermentation was done in various vessels to ensure that the unique characteristics of each block would be emphasized and captured, to be used as a component in the blend. The wine was aged in 4th and 5th fill French oak barrels for 16 to 18 months. These older barrels ensure that this vineyards wonderful fruit flavors are preserved with low intervention from oak. With each vintage, the blend, or cultivar percentages is slightly different, ensuring consistency of style irrespective of the vintage.
With the start of the drought in South Africa, yields where lower and harvest started earlier than usual. Smaller berries with good colour and intense flavours were an early indication of the quality that the 2015 vintage would bring. Dry weather conditions led to a very healthy season and excellent quality throughout the harvest.
Origin of Fruit
This wine is a blend which consists mostly of Shiraz, and other varietals from this slope includes Grenache and Carignan. These vineyards produce a small bunch with concentrated flavours and delicate, yet firm structure. These grapes are hand- sorted and fermented. They are barrel aged in 2nd and 3rd fill 225L barrels for 12 – 14 months then bottle aged for 3 years.
Origin of Fruit
This wine is a Blend which consists mostly out of Shiraz, and other varietals from this slope includes Grenache and Carrignan. These vineyards produce a small bunch with concentrated flavours and delicate ,yet firm structure. These grapes are hand- sorted and fermented, they are barrel aged in 2nd and 3rd fill 225L barrels for 12 – 14 months. Then bottle aged for 3 years.
Origin of Fruit
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Appealing aromas of spicy fruitcake, black cherry, blackcurrant and cedar.
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