Skylark is the label of lawyer Adrian Dommisse, first release being a Cinsault 2014 which he made with the assistance of Chris Alheit of Alheit Vineyards, prompting Alheit to make his own version under the Flotsam & Jetsam label the following year.
Skylark 2017 sees Dommisse working with Justin van Wyk of Constantia Glen and Beau Constantia fame, grapes from old Darling bush vines and the winemaking involving 100% whole-bunch fermentation before seven months of maturation in old oak.
It has a relatively complex nose of red fruit, candy floss, earth and spice. The palate, meanwhile, is seemingly quite rich and broad despite a moderate alcohol of 12%. Unpresuming and all the more likeable as a result. Wine Cellar price: R150 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 89/100.
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