Taaibosch Crescendo 2018
By Christian Eedes, 25 February 2021
The Oddo family, who also have wine ventures in Sancerre, Provence, and Sicily, acquired what used to be Cordoba on the Helderberg in 2017 and installed Schalk-Willem Joubert, previously CEO of Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, to head up operations.
The first release is the Crescendo 2018, a blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, matured in a combination of 225-litre oak barrels, 9 000-liter foudre, and 4 500-liter cement tanks. Engaging aromatics of red berries, some leafiness, and pencil shavings precede a palate that is medium-bodied (alcohol is 13.5%) with good freshness and fine, chalky tannins. It combines clarity of fruit with a pleasing tension and comes across as both elegant and understated, very much recalling the Crescendo that Chris Keet made in the late 1990s. Price: R300 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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