After almost two decades at Tokara, Miles Mossop helped establish it as one of the finest producers in SA and left a legacy of impressive, award-winning releases in his wake. His solo journey continues with the second release of his exciting Miles Mossop Chapter range.
The 2019s are only the second tranche of these super-limited (most just over 400 bottles), terroir-specific wines that offer great fruit purity and nuanced precision. These wines are defined by ‘place’ and exhibit Miles’s particular talent for coaxing subtle detail from exceptional vineyards. All four are exquisite, must-try releases.
The Chapter One 2019 is a wonderful Swartland Cinsault with lots of exotic exuberance balanced by a savoury and dry palate. It is fresh and summery, yet quietly serious.
The Chapter Two 2019 Chenin Blanc is pure class with the typical Paardeberg subtlety, white stone fruit and a mineral core defined by a fine line of acidity.
From Stellenbosch, the Chapter Three 2019 is a more open and yellow-fruited Chenin Blanc. Again, it’s wonderfully poised and Miles’s sense of refinement is clearly showcased here.
The new addition to the set is a serious, Bordeaux-like 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The Chapter Four 2019 is from Stellenbosch and exhibits fine notes of blackcurrant leaf and fynbos with white peach and a properly serious and defined palate.
We have less than 60 bottles of each available.
Miles Mossop Wines, Chapter One 2019
Whiffs of wild strawberry, summer fruits, decaying rose and potpourri are countered with hints of dried herbs, musk and an earthy savouriness that leads to a fresh and vibrant palate. Juicy and delicious right now but needs a bit of time to lose all that puppy fat. A chalky finish adds definition to the finish. – James Pietersen (September 2020)
Miles Mossop Wines, Chapter Two 2019
Initially shy and slow to evolve. The elegant notes of stone fruit are joined by delicate white flowers, crushed stone and an invitingly coy depth. The palate is wonderfully sketched with a fine line of acidity, wrapped in a typical Swartland saltiness. Long, lingering and poised to the end. – James Pietersen (September 2020)
Miles Mossop Wines, Chapter Three 2019
Expressive sun-ripened peach, apricot and dried pineapple billow from the glass. The nose is open, yet delicate and follows to a racy, linear and poised palate with a nudge of apricot kernel adds an attractively bitter bite. – James Pietersen (September 2020)
Miles Mossop Wines, Chapter Four 2019
A serious style from Stellenbosch fruit with lifted fynbos and blackcurrant leaf, it’s flinty and tightly wound. Some floral notes, white peach leads to a summery, firm and pithy palate with notes of white fruit and lingering fennel. – James Pietersen (September 2020)