Thief in the Night is a high-altitude Piekenierskloof cuvée, made from Grenache with 26% Cinsault and 11% Syrah from old-vine parcels at 600 metres. Fermented with a smaller (20%) whole bunch component than usual, it’s a pure, complete, potpourri and ginger-perfumed red with subtle minerality, fine-grained tannins and savoury red berry flavours. 2022-30 95/100 Tim Atkin MW
This fabulous Grenache-based blend is one of Duncan’s ongoing passion projects, and now in its fourth vintage, is starting to show a committed consumer following. A blend of 63% Grenache, 26% Cinsault and 11% Syrah from dry-farmed bush vines grown on sandstone soils, the fruit was spontaneously co-fermented using wild yeasts employing 20% of whole clusters. This 2020 shows a delightful autumnal aromatic profile of forest undergrowth, savoury Frais de Bois, tilled earth, grilled Provencal herbs and subtle shades of summer garrigue. The wine shows plenty of textural detail on the palate, fine silky caressing tannins and harmonious, fresh acids. The red and blackberry fruits are earthy but impressively pure and precise, finishing with notes of bramble berries, pomegranates and sappy spice. There is a real confidence to the wine and a strong sense of terroir accentuated by Duncan’s deft winemaking acumen. Rhone lovers are going to love this release. Drink now and over 6 to 8+ years. 94/100 Greg Sherwood MW
The grapes are sourced from dry-farmed bush vines grown on sandstone soils. The fruit was spontaneously co-fermented using wild yeasts employing 20% whole clusters.