BLANKbottle The Spaniard 2021 is 100% Mourvèdre from a bush vine growing in schist soil in the Riebeek Valley. Just 3 barrels were made (1 x 225L new oak barrel and 2 x 225L older oak barrels). The winemaker, Pieter describes the wine as flirty and very expressive so went with a dumpier bottle shape for ‘stage presence’ and a loud label design.
Beautifully vibrant and precise, the 2018 Fleurie Joie de Palais wafts from the glass with a pretty bouquet of raspberries, red plums, peonies and sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, lively and elegant, it's built around fine, powdery tannins and a tangy spine of acidity. Built for the cellar, this will show beautifully after four or five years of bottle aging, and it will continue to improve for a decade or more.
"There is a whiff of herbal tea to the attractively spicy and notably floral aromas of mostly cool red berry and soft earth. I like the sense of vibrancy to the delicious and solidly well-detailed middle weight flavors that offer reasonably good depth with excellent length. Note that this should develop better complexity with age and overall, it's a fine villages level wine." - Alan Meadows, Burghound
Offering up inviting aromas of blackberries, cassis and cherries mingled with hints of licorice and grilled meats, the 2018 Chiroubles is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and charming, with a generous core of lively fruit, tangy acids and fine, powdery tannin. This characterful, classically proportioned Chiroubles is a great success.