Axe Hill Cape Vintage Port 2006

Good to go.

Good to go.

If I’ve been asked once, I’ve been asked a thousand times: “I’m a proud father! What wine can I buy of birthyear to serve at offspring’s 21st birthday?” And my answer always is Calitzdorp Port-style wines (and Bredell’s when that cellar was still in business).

On a whim, I opened a bottle of Axe Hill Cape Vintage 2006 the other night – 5-Star nominee in the 2009 edition of Platter’s and gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show of the same year.

This vintage was made by Miles Mossop of Tokara after the death of his father Tony who originally founded Axe Hill. “Touriga, Tinta and Souzão, yr seasoned Fr casks; 20.5 alc” according to Platter’s but otherwise details are sketchy.

Currently it shows red and black fruit, a hint of spice, flowers and chocolate on the nose. Great fruit delineation, fresh acidity, surprisingly soft tannins, while the spirit addition is handled really well. It’s shows very little development but I was mildly nonplussed by the lack of structure – is greater firmness needed to see it turn  into something profound in another decade?

Score: 92/100.

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