At press time, the maiden pinot noir was maturing in barrels (only older ones of course) at Anne and Craig Wessels’ cellar in the Hemel-en-Aarde. It used to be a mere farm-shed, but now ‘although still basic, there is more room to move – and an inside water tap’. The small bottlings of fresh, pure wines off their vineyards sell out unsurprisingly quickly to those (here and abroad) alert to this outpost of rather avant-garde, hands-off - and excellent - winemaking.
Adds vineyard name. 2014 () advances even on fine 2013. Understated oak, expressive fruit & a combo of delicious, supple generosity (even in youth) & tight, mineral restraint. Subtle, succulent intensity, long finish. 13% alcohol. These also in larger formats.
Previously just with variety name. 2013 poised, lively & delicious, after slighter, greener 2012 (). One of the Cape's more characterful & elegant cabs - properly dry, fresh & under 14% alcohol. Balanced, charming & ripe, though some might find it too herbal.