Illimis new releases
By Christian Eedes, 8 December 2021
Lucinda Heyns, who has been making wines under own Illimis label since 2015, adopts a low intervention approach to make restrained, sophisticated wines. Tasting notes and ratings for the newly released 2020s as follows:
Illimis Chenin Blanc 2020
W.O. Elgin. Fermented and matured for seven months in older oak. A hint of flinty reduction before pear, peach and a hint of green apple. The palate is wonderfully linear and direct – a dense core of fruit and bright acidity before a savoury finish. Tightly wound now, this needs a good year or two to settle.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
Illimis Cinsault 2020
W.O. Darling. Carbonic maceration before maturation lasting seven months in older oak. Sour cherry, raspberry, some floral fragrance and fresh herbs on the nose while the palate is light-bodied and tart in the best sense with a nicely dry finish. Heyns is mildly concerned that it’s too “funky” and while it’s not a safe wine, rather appreciate if for its vigour and interest.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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