Made reluctantly in order to maximize with fruit personality of the vintage, the 2016 shows more marked fruit aromatics than usual, while maintaining they typical Southern Right balance of Old World mineralogy and length with hints of New World palate coverage and body. 2016 is a wine that favors origin expressive individuality, mineralogy and palate complexity ahead of pure, pungent varietal aroma. A significant percentage of fruit from clay-rich soil has added an intense mid-palate structural component and addition overall complexity to this wine.
The 2016 Pinotage was matured in 10% new oak, this vintage seeing the introduction of 400-liter barrels with a light to medium-toast. This sample was actually showing a bit of reduction on the nose when I tasted it. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, slightly sinewy tannins compared to the 2015, veins of melted tar and licorice towards the somewhat "stocky" finish. Very fine, although it needs 2-3 years in bottle.