Latest vintage available online via Port2Port.
Low-vigour, stony, clay-rich, shale-derived soil
68% 228 litre & 32% 400 litre French Oak Barrels
Mercurey 53%, Francois Freres 42%, Saury 5%
2.99 tons/ha, 18.6 hl/ha
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 62%, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 16.4%, Waker Bay 21.5%
1 975 cases of 12 bottles equivalent
Release date – January 2019
After the early and short 2015 and 2016 harvests, 2018, like 2017 was back to our usual timing, beginning at the end of the first week of February, but (a longer harvest) finishing at the end of the first week of March. Budding was even and successful, with higher than usual early Spring temperatures, but an unusually wet November and a cool December affected flowering and fruit-set, resulting in particularly low yields – far lower than our already low yields. The berries were smaller and the bunches were lighter, but the resulting wines were deeper, fuller and more structured. December and January were drier than average, making for relatively easy and successful disease control organically, with February only very slightly wetter than our long term average. A warmer than average February, combined with the very low yields and small berries did however contribute to the riper more opulent style of 2018 compared to 2017. One of the features of 2018 was fairly variable ripening within individual vineyards, and within individual bunches. Picking on taste, combined with analysis, and picking particular areas within individual vineyards at different times, was particularly important in 2018. This required a high level of vigilance and very close teamwork between cellar and vineyard, both of which were carried out with great success. 2018 was an excellent vintage for us.
92 - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
92 Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
The 2018 Southern Right Pinotage takes on highly smoky overtones on the nose with blood orange, roasted dates and iron notes bringing aromatic complexity. The palate is lithe and intense with dark fruits that mingle with citrus rind, red fruit and damp earth flavors. Downright delicious now, this will continue to evolve beautifully over the next decade.