New releases from too-cool-for-school Mount Abora, tasting notes and scores as follows:
Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2013
Wine Cellar price: R105
From vineyards approximately 40 years in age. Spontaneous fermentation and matured for 15 months in older 300-lite barrels. Shy on the nose – this is not a wine that’s about primary fruit. Good concentration, bright acidity, pithy finish. Perhaps some lime but difficult to attach flavour dessriptors – elegant and restrained.
Saffraan Cinsaut 2014
Wine Cellar price: R98
Fermented in tank, matured for six months in old oak. Appealing note of scrub plus red berries and spice. Pure fruit, acidity which is fresh to the point of tart and fine tannins – the finish nicely dry. Total production: 6 000 bottles. No mess, no fuss.
Mount Abora The Abyssinian 2013
57% Shiraz, 29% Mourvèdre, 14% Cinsaut. Whole bunch fermented, individual components matured for 12 months before blending. Purple flowers, black fruit and black pepper, olives plus some Swartland earthiness. Good concentration, fresh acidity and crunchy tannins. Layers of flavour, dense, long. Pulls in different directions but to good effect.