Friends and vignerons Clayton Reabow (Môreson) and Craig McNaught (Stony Brook) collectively have 30 years’ experience vinifying Franschhoek grapes, and in this boutique venture they ‘re-examine how the varieties from this area are traditionally produced and then re-imagine them into our own esoteric style’. The focus is on purity of fruit (aided by early picking), light alcohol and ageing potential. Mostly amphora- fermented, the wines get extended skin contact for freshness and texture. A key aim is to highlight Franschhoek’s ‘sub-wards’ - Dutoitskop Peak (cab franc), Bo-Hoek (semillon) and valley floor (chardonnay).
Early picked, bone-dry cabernet franc matured on skins in amphora for 4 months. Arresting magenta hue before glorious pure plum & blackberry fruit, quirky peanut shell top note, trim 11.5% alcohol. 2020 takes a little getting used to.
Semillon from mature Franschhoek vines, brief skin contact & ferment/4 months on lees in tank, year in bottle. Wax & faint honey nuances, 2020 impresses more with bone-dry palate’s gentle grip, fine minerality, impressive heft at slender 11% alcohol.
Fascinating take on unoaked chardonnay. 2020 full spectrum of citrus fruit, touch nuttiness, salty tang to austerely dry finish. Slightly under-ripe fruit fermented then aged month on skins in amphora lined with ripe, dried stalks, sealed with layer of olive oil. Further 12 months in bottle.