Gabriëlskloof The Landscape Series Syrah on Shale 2017

By , 12 July 2019

Peter-Allan-Finlayson

Peter-Allan-Finlayson with Marelise Niemann of Momento Wines.

The Landscape Series made at Bot River property Gabriëlskloof by Peter-Allan Finlayson grow in stature year on year. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows:

Gabriëlskloof The Landscape Series Elodie Chenin Blanc 2018
Price: R290
From two Swartland vineyards, one on ferricrete and the other on granite. A floral top note before peach and apple with some earthiness in the background on the nose while the palate shows plenty of fruit concentration and punchy acidity before a dry finish – power-packed despite a relatively moderated alcohol of 13%.

Editor’s rating: 93/100.

Gabriëlskloof The Landscape Series Syrah on Sandstone 2017
Price: R375
Own fruit. 40% whole-bunch fermentation, maturation lasting 14 months in 500-litre barrels, 30% new. An enticing nose of red fruit, fynbos and pepper while the palate is marked by purity and lightness – clean fruit, good freshness and very fine tannins make for a very pretty wine. Alcohol: 14%.

Editor’s rating: 95/100.

Gabriëlskloof The Landscape Series Syrah on Shale 2017
Price: R375
Own fruit. Winemaking as above. A top note of lavender before red and black fruit plus pepper and coriander. The palate possesses depth without weight as well as plenty of detail – beautifully judged.

Editor’s rating: 96/100.

Gabriëlskloof The Landscape Series Cabernet Franc 2017
Price: R375
Own fruit. 10% whole-bunch fermentation, maturation lasting 14 months in 500-litre barrels, 30% new. Cranberry, black cherry, violets, attractive oak and some earthiness on the nose. Juicy and fresh on the palate with fine tannins. Excellent composure and energy.

Editor’s rating: 94/100.

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