Showing both power and finesse, it gives way to gentle flavours of black cherry, spice and strawberry. While very approachable at an early age it will mature handsomely over many years ahead.
-One of South Africa’s most awarded boutique wine estates lies in a scenic valley, just an hour and a half from Cape Town, called Hemel-en-Aarde or Heaven-and-Earth. Framed by great fold mountains and breath-taking ocean views, it is one of the coolest wine-making regions in the Cape, with duplex soil structures and sun-facing slopes. The promise of the unique terroir is harnessed by winemaker Peter Finlayson in slow-ripened, flavour-rich wines of exceptional quality. “The 2012 Hannibal is a blend of French and Italian grape varieties, hence the name. It debuted back in 2001 from clones first imported to South Africa 12 years earlier. A blend of 39% Sangiovese, 35% Pinot Noir, 10% Nebbiolo, 9% Shiraz, 4% Barbera and 3% Mourvedre, it has an intriguing bouquet that is still tightly wound, unfurling to reveal soy-tinged, dark berry fruit interlaced with black tea, fynbos and a touch of sage. The palate is medium-bodied and quite dense with supple tannins, good acidity and very pure, slightly toasted red fruit that feels sleek and satin-like in the mouth. There is a pleasant graininess coming toward the finish and its freshness and vitality suggest it will repay another couple of years in bottle. Bellisimo.”
-Wine Advocate (90)