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91 pts Tim Atkin MW SA Report
This Heritage Field Blend is comprised of 70% Cinsault, 20% Cabernet Franc & 10% Alicante Bouschet. A revival in the truest sense of the word – a heritage “field blend” block inspired & planted by a South African viti-viniculture legend as a living reminder of what was almost lost to the annals of history & glimpse back to the old days of Stellenbosch wine farming as never before.
After 12 months of barrel tempering, the wine was bottled unfined & unfiltered – as they would have done in the old days, a sediment will form. Only yeast & small amounts of sulphur are added during the process.
What can you expect?
A true shape shifter of a wine – hedonistic Cinsault aromatics of bright red & black hedgerow fruits morph into earthy sweet notes of Alicante, while gravel, graphite ‘n blue fruits of Cab Franc pop out ever so often. The “chameleon’- like nature is to be expected due to the nature of the vineyard. It’s a joyously juicy wine with firmly restrained tannins & medium to light palate weight with ample spice, fruit & “seriousness” to intrigue and delight.
Deserving of accompaniment by rustic country fare – slow roast leg of lamb, waterblommetjiebredie, char-grilled T-bone or venison pie - or simply a selection of charcuterie, fine fromage in good company & much cheer.
Best to decant in youth or cellar to experience its full potential & journey in the decades to come.
Watch our interview with the Winemaker, Leon Coetzee here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi1rQcB-GbY&t=5s