The Gabriëlskloof The Blend 2015 received 92 points from Tim Atkin and we think that the 2016 is a step up! Entry-level reds have never been South Africa’s strongest suit but the recent SA wine revolution has pushed all local winemaking forward. Better viticulture, older vineyards and a better understanding in the wineries means that we are now making world-class wines around the R100 mark. This is especially true of the wines made by a wave of new generation winemakers, including Peter-Allan Finlayson.
Peter-Allan is crafting super-fine Pinot Noir in the Hemel-en-Aarde but, since 2014, he has also been at the helm of Gabriëlskloof. There has certainly been an uptick in finesse and purity since Peter-Allan took over, especially when tasting the recent releases. The Gabriëlskloof Estate range caters for the everyday wine drinker and the star in the range is his 2016 The Blend. A Bordeaux blend at just over R100, it offers substantial drinking at a wonderfully unsubstantial price!
It is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 17% Malbec, 14% Petit Verdot, sourced from the estate in Botriver and matured for 12 months in 2nd and 3rd fill oak.
‘It turns out that the Pinot-master can make Bordeaux varieties too and his ‘The Blend’ is cracking value. Quite full and ripe, it is a typical Bordeaux blend at a silly price. The fruit is rich and chunky, but importantly, the finish is dry and fresh and you’ll be happy to open another bottle.’ – Roland Peens, February 2018
Gabriekskloof, The Blend 2016 – R 105
Notes on the 2015 vintage: Another very well priced red from Gabriëlskloof, this time made from four of the five Bordeaux varieties. (Merlot was relegated to bulk wine status.) Grassy, youthful and vigorous, it has good backbone, ripe cassis and mulberry fruit and just a hint of oak. – Tim Atkin MW, 92/100