Highlights: Charla Haasbroek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Malgas, South Africa

Charla Haasbroek is the winemaker at Sijnn in the Cape South Coast region of Malgas. It’s a special place, pioneered by David Trafford of De Trafford in the early noughties, and the soils are very poor: river stones on top of Bokkeveld shale. The vines are untrellised, grown as bush vines. Most of the Sijnn wines are blends, but here for her own project (which she vinifies in the Sijnn cellar) Charla has made a distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon.

Charla Haasbroek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Malgas, South Africa
13.5% alcohol. 30% whole bunch, wild ferment. Rich, intense blackcurrant and blackberry fruit on the nose with a touch of mint and herb, and some savoury gravelly notes. The palate is fresh, dense and quite tannic with grippy blackcurrant fruit, some chalky notes and a sort of mineral austerity, as well as more subtle notes of wax and spice. It’s a very structured wine with a grippy finish, but it has this intrinsic freshness, too. Distinctive, just as Malgas is. 92/100 (£28 RAKQ https://rakq.com/)

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