Here we have three brilliant Swartland wines from Mount Abora. They are really compelling, made with low alcohol in a natural way, with lots of interest. They are also living wines, that continue to evolve in the glass, and even overnight in the bottle: I visited them a number of times over a couple of days. UK agent is Indigo Wines.
Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2012 Swartland, South Africa12.5% alcohol. Full yellow colour. Sweet pear and toast nose with some ripe apple/apple pie notes. The palate is all stone fruit and minerals, with lively spiciness and some honeyed richness. There’s good acidity and a nice tension here, as well as the richer notes. A serious Chenin with nice depth, and the good news is that it’s even better on day 2. 94/100
Mount Abora Saffraan Cinsaut 2014 Swartland, South Africa
12.5% alcohol. The label says that this ‘harks back to the times of bright, luminous wines,’ and ‘the beauty of honest and elegant wines.’ I like it a lot. Slightly nervy, natural nose of bright red apples, spices, herbs, red cherries and raspberries. The palate is pure and lovely with fresh raspberries, some spice and tangy acidity. Very fresh, pure and detailed: fully ripe but with lovely grip and finesse. There’s also a hint of sappy greenness. This is lovely on day 2, too. 93/100
Mount Abora The Abyssinian 2012 Swartland, South Africa
47% Mourvedre, 32% Cinsault, 21% Shiraz. 12.5% alcohol. A monumental red, all reductive and closed in on itself initially, but which opens out beautifully. It’s juicy, bright, grippy and dense with a peppery, tannic Mourvedre character and fresh black fruits. Grippy and firm with raspberry and black cherry, as well as plums and some damson bitterness. Complex and taut. 94/100
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