Wine Honours in 2005

A list of our recent accolades...

John Platter:

**** INGWE 2002 – ‘Leopard ‘in Xhosa. Refined merlot-led red, with 48% cab in promising 03 (****/*) sample, showing complex array of mineral, savory & black cherry tones; fine oak integration helped along by micro-oxygenation (piped music & the reassuring presence of their mascot, a fluffy pink & white cow, other possible quality factors!). Classic maiden 02 also displayed refined minerality, mid-palate fruit density; 60% new Fr oak compared to 03’s 40%. 13.8% Alcohol.

****/* AMEHLO 2002 – Meaning ‘Leopard’s Eye” – a different & varietals more intricate look at the Bdx-style blend. Cab’s in front (46%) in elegantly structured 03 (****/*), with merlot, malbec, Shiraz (25/15/10) & touch petit v. Entices with spicy perfumes & lilies; focused velvet texture (micro-oxygenation enhanced); improves in glass. Leap up from 02 which more austere & leafy, in line with vintage. 14-18mths Fr Oak. Wine ****

**** AMEHLO 2005 – Sophisticated & harmonious blend fronted by Sauvignon (60%), Semillon portion barrel fermented, blend lees-aged 5 moths. Maiden 04 (***/*) has multifarious bouquet of curry leaf, mango & lemon, grapefruit pith on palate. Bright & engaging 05 raise the bar; similar aromas but more impressively taut, mine rally and substantial.

Fairbairn Capital 2004 – Ingwe 2002 – Bronze
Wine Magazine – Three Stars – Amehlo 2002

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