What an accolade! The highest score ever given to a South African wine, by guru ERobert Parker. What a rarity! A barrel of Muscat d’Alexandrie dating back to 1800.
Owned by Jacobus Joubert and his son Cobus whose ancestors created this vintage over two centuries ago. They carefully remove 3 to 4 litres a year from what is now a family heirloom, and top up the elixir so that it takes on the culture of the vintage wine. These guardians of their barrel of gold are based in the Tradouw valley near Barrydale.
Reviewed by Neal Martin, a world renowned expert, it received a 99/100 rating in ERobert Parkers’s online wine publication.
”Just twelve 250ml bottles of this incredibly rare and ancient Muscat d’Alexandrie are released from a 100-litre French oak barrel in Klein Karoo that is topped up each year.”
”It has an iridescent clear amber hue with green tints on the rim. The nose is simply stellar: candied orange peel, toffee, apricot and almond soar from the glass and fix you to the spot.
The palate is perfectly balanced and fresher than some South African wines two centuries younger!
It has a Sauternes-like viscosity but is not cloying like a Tokaji Essenzia. There is a touch of sherbet at the tip of the tongue and then it fans out towards a kaleidoscope of spice, clove, candied fruits and a touch of honey. One can discern an oxidative tang towards the finish that has a touch of volatility.
Very long and intense and yet somehow refined and elegant, this is an ethereal experience.”