"The tannins are prominent and well integrated and refreshing as a number of parcels were picked quite early. The aromas are brooding but with complex notes of pepper, liquorice, perfume and black cherries. The palate entry is quite dense with lavender and dark berry fruit. The finish is dry with well spread tannins ending with savoury and currant flavours. This vintage will be quite reserved in its youth but I expect it to mature very well and grow in its potential. "
"Shiraz, Cinsault, Tinta Barocca, Grenache & Mourvedre. Made by Adi Badenhorst. The grapes are fermented in vessels made of concrete or wood. No grapes are crushed or destemmed and minimal sulphur is added. The grapes are then “foot stomped” to extract juice to assist the onset of natural fermentation. Once fermentation has started the tanks are pigeaged twice daily. The skins are left on the grapes for 6 months before pressing. Pressed into 4000L casks for 16 months. During this time the wine was topped regularly but not racked until the nal blends are made up before bottling. 13% alc."
"93 pts ... The 2013 Family Red Blend consists of 68% Shiraz, 18% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 4% Tinta Barocca. It has a composed and refined nose, keeping to itself at first but then opening and delivering red plum, wild strawberry, and animally scents mixed with rosemary and oregano. The palate is medium-bodied with a refreshing line of acidity. I much prefer this to the White Blend this year - beautifully controlled, fine tannins and a sense of symmetry and sophistication towards the finish. This comes highly recommended."