By winemaker Eben Sadie’s own admission, the drought of 2016 caused this Piekenierskloof vineyard of Grenache to ripen slightly more than usual. The result is more black fruit than usual – mulberry, bramble and a certain olive-like quality to go with top notes of scrub and purple flowers. The palate is medium-bodied with lemon-like acidity and fine tannins, the finish suitably savoury. Well observed given the challenges of the vintage but perhaps not quite as captivating as the excellent 2015. Approximate retail price: R310 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 92/100.
Find our South African wine ratings database here.