Reviews

March 28, 2024 96 Points Decanter

Ornato has been the Pio Cesare estate's cru since 1985. In 2020, the grapes were harvested on 5 October, after the heavy rainfall. Mineral and smoky, with intense violet notes alongside cherry kernel and rhubarb, it's full of graphite flavour and almost zestiness on the palate, supported by tight-knit tannins. Polished and thick on the finish. "Compared to 2019, we used gentler extractions in 2020," explains Federica Boffa, now in charge at Pio Cesare.

March 4, 2024 92 Points Wine Spectator

“Tangerine peel acidity creates a softly juicy and well-balanced frame for a ripe range of pear tart, marzipan, dried white flowers and honeycomb notes in this fine and creamy white. A minerally underpinning of salinity emerges alongside accents of white pepper and herbs on the finish. Drink now through 2029.”

March 2024 92 Points Wine & Spirits

Meerlust’s estate sits in the southwestern corner of Stellenbosch, open to the winds off of False Bay. This wine is dominated by its toasty oak when first opened, in need of at least a day of air to integrate all that richness and bring forward a delicate, pale florality nestled in a green-apple-skin tannic bite. It lasts beautifully—open it the day before a dinner party and track its evolution a splash at a time until the guests arrive.

March 2024 99 Points Vinous Media

“Tasted from magnum, the 2013 Cristal Rosé is ravishing. Dense, creamy and powerful, the 2013 captures all the qualities of the vintage, specifically the interplay of rich fruit from the warm summer and cooler inflections from a year that started late and ended late with a rare October harvest. Today, the 2013 is deep and beautifully seamless, but it is also young – far too young to be at its best. Dosage is 6.5 grams per liter, a bit less than for the standard bottlings, a decision taken to balance longer aging on the lees and a bit more residual sugar that is always left in the magnums after fermentation. Readers who can find the 2013 in magnum will experience one of the greatest thrills in wine.”

March 2024 91 Points JamesSuckling.com

A fresh, red-fruited rosé with sliced strawberries, pink nectarines, fresh flowers and citrus peel undertones. Crunchy and zesty on the palate with a medium body and saltine notes. Flavorful and vivid. Drink now.

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