Gripping, earth-laced tannins hold on tight, with plenty of chewy dark berry flavors to sustain attention. Cellar or decant and drink now. Drink now through 2022. 217 cases made. –JL
The wine presents aromas of dark plums, leather with hints of cedar and spice. Bold dark fruit flavors on the palate are enhanced by smoke and sassafras that carry through to the intense finish.
Fruit from proprietary Pinotage clones MM1 and MM3, developed from budwood imported by Fort Ross from South Africa, was cold soaked for several days, fermented with native yeast in a five ton tank with pumping over and gentle punch downs to soften the tannins. The wine aged for 10 months in French oak (20% new) and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.