Miles Mossop Wines burst onto the scene in 2004 when the first wines were made: Max 2004 and Sakia 2004. Max is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and more recently Malbec, and Saskia, a blend of Chenin blanc, Viognier and more recently Clairette blanche. Later, in 2009, a third wine was introduced, the Kika 2009, a botrytised wine made in the Noble Late Harvest style from 100% Chenin blanc.
It is a family business with Miles Mossop (winemaker at Tokara winery) as winemaker and viticulturist. The wines are named after Miles and Samantha Mossop’s three children, Saskia-Jo, Maximilian and Kika. Production is limited to 1,000 nine liter cases which results in approximately 475 cases of Max, 475 cases of Sakia and 50 cases of Kika.
They aim to achieve wines with finesse and elegance but still showing aspects of power and fruit concentration, having great texture while maintaining balance. These are truly handcrafted wines showing pure fruit expression and, more importantly, a sense of place.
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 18% Petit Verdot from Vineyards around Stellenbosch.
Maturation takes place in small 225 liter French barriques of which 46% is new and lasts for 22 months with regular rackings.
This wine has a deep dark garnet colour in the center with a bright ruby rim. The nose has heady aromas of ripe black fruit layered of fresh red and black berries. There are hints of cocoa, cedar, Christmas cake and fresh vanilla pods all beautifully intertwined punctuated by a hint of black olives and savoury meats. As the wine enters onto the palate it explodes with the basket of fruit, spice and savoury notes which were evident on the palate. The wine has amazing restraint for something so concentrated. The tannins are velvety yet broad. The finish is full yet fresh. There is a salty savoury note as the wine finishes off on the palate.