Platter * * * * * – Violet & lavender perfume on 2015 (5 stars), first entirely off 2 Swartland vineyards (2014 some ex Wellington). Brooding dark cherry & hedgerow fruit, leather & smoke; good grip of tannin on lengthy finish. 18 months mostly larger oak, none new; natural ferment & portion whole bunch.
The nose offers cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with an abundance of dark plums and violets with hints of white pepper and dark chocolate. The attack on the palate is rich, generous and intense with the sweet spices and dark berry fruit following through. The wine is exceptionally smooth and balanced with perfectly integrated acidity and mouth-filling, svelte tannins adding to the fine structure. The finish is long with great fruit purity