2016 was a cooler vintage and after a bumper crop in 2015 the vines had to work to ripen the grapes. The yields were low and with a cooler summer the grapes were showing far more subtlety in terms of flavour compared to the 2015. The 2016 Sir Thomas Cullinan is very classically styled with the wine showing the restraint of the old world rather than the power of the new.
Remhoogte Sir Thomas Cullinan 2016
The nose is enticing with upfront fruit notes of blackcurrant, strawberries and sour cherries. Savoury undertones of cedar, coco and liquorish counter the fresh fruit. The palate is perfectly balanced with the initial sweetness of ripe currants and plums balanced by the flavours of red cherries and black olives. The acidity is gentle but present and the tannin polished with a slight chalky finish giving length