94pts Tim Atkin
Cabernet-dominated with 29% of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, this is a very stylish Simonsberg red blend that has the balance and concentration that are typical of the best 2015s. Savoury and complex with layers of tobacco, earth and red fruits and refined oak. 2020-30
Perfume, cocoa, thyme, complex. Sweetly ripe, silkily soft and genteel in the mouth with wonderfully integrated oak. Feels effortless.
91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Director's Reserve Red has a robust nose of dark fruits, graphite, French oak and subtle hints of smoked herbs. The palate is structured with red and black fruit and a mineral backbone with integrated oak expression. It is complex with skillfully managed tannins and a long finish. This is a lovely and simply delicious wine. It aged almost two years in 63% new French oak and 26,490 bottles were made
The wine has stunning depth of color. Displaying intense garnet centre and a ruby rim. The nose is shy at first then opens up to a melange of red and black fruits with hints of dried herbs, Eucalyptus, cedar wood and graphite. The wine enters the palate with amazing clarity. The flavours are those of dark cherries, raspberries and black currant. There is a hint of herbal spice on the mid-palate which leads to fine, firm tannins on the finish.