Tongue in cheek, Johan Giliomee equates himself with Huguenot forebear Francois Guillaumé, tasked with starting an 18th-century Cape Colony silk business before becoming a sheep farmer (no wine-land grants apparently available at the time!). Likewise Johan, whose advertising career finally guided him ‘home’ to the Cape winelands where, farmless but inspired by iconic Bordeaux garagiste wineries like Le Pin and Valandraud, he handcrafts minuscule parcels in his garage in a quest to turn out SA versions of the Left and Right Bank.
Seasoned with drops merlot, cab franc & petit verdot, 2017 reflects strength of vintage. Stylish aromas of soft black berries, cedary new oak (51%) & sleek build, silky rich flesh framed by well-integrated, fine tannins. Properly dry finish.
Merlot-cab blend with drops cab franc & petit verdot, 2017 (85 pts) subtle dark fruits spiced with new oak (18%). Worth cellaring 3-5 years, with good structure, balanced grip restraining fresh, concentrated flavours. More finesse than 2016, mostly cab (75%) with merlot, cab franc & smidgen petit verdot. Opulent & sweetish from high alcohol (14.9%), contrasting firm tannins, grainy acid. Not for keeping.