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Patatsfontein, Steen 2018

R355

12 in stock

Notes

2018 was their 5th vintage from these amazing old vineyards in the Koo valley in Montagu. This vintage again saw them grow more appreciative of the vineyards and what these unique single vineyard sites offer.

The 2018 vintage was an interesting vintage but one that holds a lot of potential. Compared to 2017 it was a more challenging growing season with the severe drought that gripped the Western Cape. The fruit quality was very good again with these old vineyards proving themselves through the drought. Yields were down but they were fortunate to not be down as much as some of the other areas. A final twist to the 2018 vintage tale was a massive downpour as they were getting ready to harvest. Although the rain was very welcome, the timing was a bit tricky.

They followed the same process and philosophy as the previous vintages and let the grapes do the talking. They merely guided the process to give the purest expression of where these wonderful grapes come from.

Tasting notes:
'From a Montagu vineyard, the yield was reduced on account of the drought that was then gripping the Western Cape. The nose is subtle and enticing with notes of pear, peach, yellow apple, citrus and earth. The palate is flavourful but not weighty with a lovely grainy texture, a slight bitterness to the finish lending interest. As ever, a wine of detail and composure.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 96/100

'This single-vineyard wine, from vines about 600m above sea level, is a remarkable discovery. Now in its 5th vintage, the 2018 shows its pedigree. Shy to start with some fynbos and dried pineapple. This is a textural and palate-driven beauty. All the complexity of this marginal vintage adds gravitas and intent to the wine and, as always, it has a long, almost visceral, and saline finish. A classy wine needing at 3 years to show its class.' – James Pietersen (March 2019)

2018 was their 5th vintage from these amazing old vineyards in the Koo valley in Montagu. This vintage again saw them grow more appreciative of the vineyards and what these unique single vineyard sites offer.

The 2018 vintage was an interesting vintage but one that holds a lot of potential. Compared to 2017 it was a more challenging growing season with the severe drought that gripped the Western Cape. The fruit quality was very good again with these old vineyards proving themselves through the drought. Yields were down but they were fortunate to not be down as much as some of the other areas. A final twist to the 2018 vintage tale was a massive downpour as they were getting ready to harvest. Although the rain was very welcome, the timing was a bit tricky.

They followed the same process and philosophy as the previous vintages and let the grapes do the talking. They merely guided the process to give the purest expression of where these wonderful grapes come from.

Tasting notes:
'From a Montagu vineyard, the yield was reduced on account of the drought that was then gripping the Western Cape. The nose is subtle and enticing with notes of pear, peach, yellow apple, citrus and earth. The palate is flavourful but not weighty with a lovely grainy texture, a slight bitterness to the finish lending interest. As ever, a wine of detail and composure.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 96/100

'This single-vineyard wine, from vines about 600m above sea level, is a remarkable discovery. Now in its 5th vintage, the 2018 shows its pedigree. Shy to start with some fynbos and dried pineapple. This is a textural and palate-driven beauty. All the complexity of this marginal vintage adds gravitas and intent to the wine and, as always, it has a long, almost visceral, and saline finish. A classy wine needing at 3 years to show its class.' – James Pietersen (March 2019)

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CE 96

Country

ZA

Region

Western Cape

Style

White

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