94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2018
Just a notch below the Black Label in quality (if not, of course, in price), this textbook Stellenbosch Pinotage is a brilliant expression of the variety: aromatic, structured and plush, showing violet and bramble flavours, scented new wood and considerable underlying freshness. 2020-28.
93 pts James Suckling June 2018
Intense but really attractive notes of ripe stems, blackberry crumble, incense, jasmine, pressed violets, bark and ivy extract. The palate's also a mouthful with chewy tannins, but it's delivered across a bed of razor-sharp acidity that brings it through to a mouthwatering finish. Really well done. Drink in 2021.
92 pts Wine Spectator 1/18/19
Sleek and refined, especially for the grape, with a sanguine thread weaving around a core of gently steeped black currant, cherry and plum fruit flavors. Alluring black tea details and a dash of singed alder check in on the finish. Needs a little cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2025. 6,666 cases made.
91 pts Vinous/Neil Martin Aug 2018
The 2016 Pinotage spent 18 months in 75% new and 25% second-fill French barriques. It has a clean, pure bouquet of black plum, licorice and light menthol notes that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit and well-judged acidity. The oak just lends lift toward the smooth, dark-chocolate-tinged finish. Excellent.