Arcangeli new releases
By Christian Eedes, 4 May 2020
Arcangeli Wines in Bot River is owned by Sandro Arcangeli who originates from Italy, each wine given an Italian name bar the Feiteiras Verdelho, a nod to the previous Portuguese owners. Krige Visser, one half of Mount Abora Wines, is the winemaker and the wines are inevitably feature minimal intervention – note the old press icon depicted in the bottom left-hand corner of the label along with words the “Vini Autentici” meaning Authentic Wines.
Arcangeli Feiteras Verdelho 2017
Component fermented on skins. Orange, stone fruit, some nuttiness plus some leesy complexity on the nose. Lovely fruit density, punchy acidity and a salty finish – very characterful.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
Arcangeli Vesta Semillon 2017
Component fermented on skins. A subtle nose showing peach, blackcurrant, some waxiness and a little herbal character. The palate is lean with driving acidity and a pithy finish. Unusual but compelling.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
Arcangeli Romulus 2017
From Rawsonville Nebbiolo. Whole-bunch fermentation before maturation in old 500-litre barrels. A faint whiff of play dough before rose, cherry and a hint of spice. The palate is light-bodied and fresh with powdery tannins, the finish gently savoury.
CE’s rating: 90/100.
Arcangeli Syracuse 2017
67% Syrah and 33% Mourvèdre. Whole-bunch fermentation before maturation in old oak. A compelling nose with notes of red and black fruit, fynbos, earth and spice plus that wildness that difficult-to-describe that Mourvèdre brings. Light yet flavourful with lemon-like acidity and fine, gently grippy tannins.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
Arcangeli Pellegrini 2017
58% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Petit Verdot. Whole-bunch fermentation before maturation in old oak. Aromatics of dark fruit, violets, undergrowth and earth. Full-bodied but balanced – dense fruit and very firm tannins make this rustic in the best sense (alcohol is 14.5%). Plenty of grunt but equally just enough freshness.
CE’s rating: 90/100.
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