After nearly two decades at Tokara’s helm, Miles Mossop now has the time to fine-tune his own brand. Besides the fine Saskia, Max and Kika, he has just released three very limited, small-parcel wines to reflect specific vineyard sites. Considering their extra-ordinary quality, these are extremely well-priced.
‘A recent tasting revealing an astonishingly strong portfolio of wines.’ – Christian Eedes
The 2018 Chapter One Swartland Cinsault is fresh, crunchy and delicious and joins the growing canon of wonderful SA Cinsaults. However, his Chenin Blancs are the ones that capture the imagination. The 2018 Chapter Two Swartland Chenin Blanc, which comes off old vines grown on granitic Voor-Paardeberg soils, has wonderful purity of fruit and is an effortlessly balanced wine that could easily sell for double the price. Likewise, the 2018 Chapter Three Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc is the richer and fuller of the two and is dead sexy with fine acidity and buxom, full and rounded fruit.
All three are made in minute quantities and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Not to be overlooked, is the brilliant 2016 Saskia White which scored 97 points from Christian Eedes. This wine has grabbed victory from the jaws of the drought. There is wonderful fruit weight, courtesy of the very tiny berries, which leads to a creamy, rounded palate with a clean, fresh and savoury finish. It is a remarkable feat of winemaking precision!
Miles Mossop, Chapter One Swartland Cinsault 2018
From Swartland grapes, winemaking involved 50% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting nine months in a concrete tank. Red cherry, fynbos and earth on the nose. The palate is lean with pleasantly sour acidity and very grippy tannins, the finish super-dry (alcohol: 12%). Super-geeky. Total production: 993 bottles. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 90/100
Miles Mossop, Chapter Two Swartland Chenin Blanc 2018
From a 48-year-old Paardeberg vineyard on granite. Top notes of hay and herbs before pear, white peach and apple plus a little leesy complexity. Great fruit purity to go with a lovely line of acidity, the finish long and saline. One 400-litre barrel produced, resulting in 517 bottles. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100
Miles Mossop, Chapter Three Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2018
From a 34-year-old Stellenbosch vineyard on slate. Some struck-match reduction, yellow peach, apple and some lanonlin on the nose. The palate is rich with a creamy texture, coated acidity and a savoury finish (alcohol: 14%). Well balanced and complex. One 400-litre barrel produced, resulting in 520 bottles. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100
Miles Mossop, Saskia White 2016
68% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette Blanche, 13% Verdelho and 6% Viognier, grapes from the Swartland and Voor Paardeberg. A gorgeous nose showing white and yellow fruit, flowers and herbs. The palate is exceptionally vivid – lovely fruit purity, zippy acidity with just a touch of phenolic grip on the finish. A wine of great precision, the different components combining seamlessly. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 97/100