High Road, Directors’ Reserve 2017

(2 reviews)

The High Road is a boutique negociant producer who are benefiting from working with Miles Mossop as a consulting winemaker. They source their grapes from carefully selected trellised vineyards, from prime spots across Stellenbosch.

‘Cab-led (65%) blend with merlot, cab franc, malbec, petit verdot is exceptionally impressive in 2017.’ Platter’s 2021.

Expect notes of blueberries and black fruits, with milk chocolate, dried tea leaves, anise and nutmeg. Drink now or age ten years or more.

95pts | Platter's

£45.50

In stock

Stellenbosch

Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

LightFull Bodied

Description

Viticultural Practices
Varietals: 65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 17 % Merlot, 7 % Cabernet Franc, 7 % Malbec and 4 % Petit Verdot
The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec grapes were sourced from carefully selected trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch. These low yielding vines contribute to an increased concentration of flavour in the wine.

Winemaking Practices
The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec varieties were matured separately in 225 litre 100% new French oak barriques for 20 months. Blending has ensured the balance of fruit, structure and age ability.

Tasting Note
Expressive with bold plum, blackcurrant, graphite mineral notes. On the palate the layers unfold into a full-round, smoothly textured tapestry of flavours: cassis, dried tea leaves, cigar box, milk chocolate overlayed by anise and nutmeg and a well-judged tannin grip to finish. Elegant and shows its pedigree. Age 10 years+.

Additional information

Alcohol vol

14%

Grape

Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

Origin

Stellenbosch

Vintage

2017

Wine Farm

Spiced pork fillet or herby grilled mushrooms.

2 reviews for High Road, Directors’ Reserve 2017

  1. 95pts | Platter’s

    Cab-led (65%) blend with merlot, cab franc, malbec, petit verdot is exceptionally impressive in 2017. Intense dark-berry fruit easily assimilates all-new French oaking, 22 months, more than for 2016 (4.5 stars, 93 pts), which had less fruit depth. Balanced & sophisticated, with further ageing potential. Confident Bordeaux-style statement, also in magnum.

    Platter’s 2021

  2. 93pts | Tim Atkin

    One of a trio of delicious Bordeaux red blends from The High Road, now working with consultant Miles Mossop, this is Cabernet Sauvignon-led with 35% Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Effortlessly handling its 100% new oak, it’s a refined, dense, floral red with herbal complexity, very fine tannins and a core of dark, minty fruit. 2022-29

    Tim Atkin 2020 SA Report

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