HERE'S WHAT CLAY AND RENAI HAD TO SAY
The same grapes, the same maker - two very different and distinctive vinos. Twinsies but not.
What’s the amphora wine like?
The use of amphora in creating this wine feels to us that it has enabled an honest cohesion of the two varietals. As the terracotta does not typically impart its own flavours, the fruits are given the liberty to be themselves, encouraging a sense of playfulness. Minerality and bright fruit are in the spotlight here. This is best decanted or at least allowed to breathe to allow the subtleties to pop. Expect this little number to take on a life of its own as it continues to open up and evolve. This is an alluring and sexy drop we wanted to make last as looong as possible and with its sizeable length this was easily done.
Think Julia Roberts in the 90’s movie Pretty Woman, vivacious and spirited who in the end becomes the epitome of sophistication. The only “big BIG mistake” is not sharing the love with that special other.
And the oak version?
The oak version favours more of the herbaceous spicy notes in contrast to the amphora's fruit and minerality driven finish. It has all the flavour benefits of Cabernet Sauvignon with the lightness and spice of Cabernet Franc. We found this drop had more of a delicious punch than a lingering savour. The spices were like stumbling upon a brass band marching in all it’s glory. Combine this with gutsy herbaciousness, fruit and dusty tannins and this Cab combination proved to be a delectable treat.