91 pts Wine Spectator 4/30/12
Mature, with a graceful frame of incense to the mulled blackberry, steeped cherry and melted licorice notes. Long and smoldering on the finish, with ample flesh still despite the extra bottle age. Drink now through 2015. 500 cases made
The Swartland (Black Land) region of the Cape gets its name from the indigenous veld “Rhinoceros Veld” which has a natural dark shade. This region has been farmed since the early 1700, by free burghers who were settled by the Dutch East India Company to provide supplies for the company’s ships sailing to the spice islands in the east. Wild animals often preyed on the burghers’ sheep, and competed for food and water. This provided an excuse to defy the administrators of the Cape, and start wine production in this region. The Jakkalsfontein vineyards are situated around a spring where, to this day, the eerie evening calls of black-backed jackals can be heard. Old unirrigated bush vines produce bunches of Shiraz grapes with small berries, resulting in a concentrated berry and spice laden wine with a long finish.