McFarlane Capitoline Wolf new releases
By Christian Eedes, 17 June 2021
The 2020 vintage saw independent winemaker Alexandra McFarlane in an experimental mood, working with varieties from various sites, the outcome being two wines forming a new range by the name of “Capitoline Wolf”.
McFarlane Capitoline Wolf White 2020
60% Chenin Blanc from old vines on the Helderberg, 40% Semillon from Franschhoek. Spontaneously fermented and matured for nine months in old oak. Complex aromatics of pear, peach, citrus, hay, and herbs plus a hint of waxy character while the palate has good depth of fruit, some nice texture, well-integrated acidity, and a gently savoury finish. This has both poise and nuance – greatly over-delivers at the price.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
McFarlane Capitoline Wolf Red 2020
Made from Darling Cinsault, winemaking involved 100% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting nine months in old oak. The nose is very pretty with notes of red currant, raspberry, pomegranate and rose plus a hint of spice while the palate is light to the point of evanescent – pure fruit, zippy acidity, and fine tannins. Rather charming.
CE’s rating: 89/100.
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