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WS 90

Tightly coiled, with verbena, white asparagus and tarragon notes weaving around a core of lemon curd. Reveals a light paraffin echo on the finish. Let this unwind a bit. Drink now through 2018.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (April, 2016)
WS 89

A mature, old-school style, with loam and licorice root notes underscoring the core of warmed plum, currant and cherry reduction. Dried mint and sage accents fill in the background, with the loamy edge lingering longest on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2019. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Jan, 2017)
WS 92, WA 91

Dark and ripe, with alluring ganache and espresso notes out front, followed by a core of dark plum, fig and boysenberry confiture flavors. Everything pulls together nicely through the broad, fleshy finish, which picks up a licorice accent while the ganache takes an encore. Still going strong despite the late release. Drink now through 2020. 140 cases imported.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)
WA 93

The 2012 Five Soldiers Chardonnay comes from some of the oldest vines on the property, around 22 years old that tend to suffer a lot of coulure that lower yields, whole-bunch pressed with slightly more new wood (70%) for 15 months. The bouquet handles the wood well, with attractive dried honey and candle wax aromas complementing the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and frankly you would hardly notice the oak. Citrus fresh with delicate white peach and pink grapefruit notes, this is a lovely Chardonnay.

While I have lamented some of the stalwarts of the region for dragging their heels and remaining hidebound to outdated practices and styles, that is not the case for all. Some estates such as Kanonkop and here at Rustenberg, are really producing some well-crafted wines that deserves attention.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 90

The 2012 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir has quite a rich, opulent bouquet with macerated small red cherries, fresh fig, copper piping and a touch of citrus lemon, reminiscent of a 2009 Volnay. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins on the entry matched by crisp acidity. There is appreciable density here with decent length and a touch of Chinese five spice lining the red berry fruit toward the finish. This should age nicely in bottle.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WS 92

This has an old-school core of steeped currant, blackberry and plum fruit intertwined with notes of charcoal, tobacco and cedar. Shows some lovely polish, with enticing black tea and warm cocoa details filling in throughout. Well done. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (May, 2016)
WA 93, WS 92

The 2013 The FMC is a blend of five selections of Chenin Blanc chosen by Ken Forrester walking and tasting through the vineyard. It is pressed off into barrels and matured in around 40% new oak. Then there is a barrel selection at the end of the process. It has a lightly honeyed, orange blossom, marizpan and toffee apple-scented bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is very fresh on the entry, the acidity neatly cutting through the slightly viscous texture, plenty of tension here with fine precision and poise towards the finish, hints of grilled almond and walnut lingering on the aftertaste. This is a stylish Chenin Blanc that should age with style.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Nov, 2015)
WS 92

This has a rustic feel, with bittersweet cocoa and smoldering tobacco leaf notes coating the core of dark currant, steeped black cherry and licorice root flavors. A roasted alder edge lines the finish. A bit chewy, but shows ample guts and flesh, with an amplified varietal character. Drink now through 2020.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2014)