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The Garland 2018
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The colour is deep and dark with opaque almost black centre. Sweet, fully ripe plums with juicy black berry cordial shine through a discreet lead pencil and dry herbaceous veil. This indicates the fruit is opening and overcoming the flavours of extraction from the skins. The clever use of oak keeps all the spiciness and toast aromas well integrated and only plays a supportive role.
Entry on the palate delivers a textbook Simonsberg Cabernet bouquet of graphite, cigar box and freshly tilled earth with ripe cassis showing through a window which reveals the wine’s future maturation and evolution. As time goes on the juicy, berry fruit and violets will emerge with increasing intensity. The classic, fine-grained tannins provide a beautiful framework for the deeply concentrated flavours while still retaining the finesse of the exceptional 2017 vintage.
The Garland is accessible to enjoy now, after five years, especially with food, but another 3 to 5 years in the bottle will be greatly rewarded as Simonsberg Cabernets are well known for their ability to improve over time for many years.
Style: Single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wood maturation: 24 months in New French Oak.
Cellaring potential: Fifteen to twenty years from vintage date.
5 stars | John Platter’s Guide | 2022
92 points | Tim Atkin SA Report | 2022
92 points | The Wine Advocate | Tasted by Anthony Mueller | 2021
93 points | Wine Enthusiast | 2020