JCP Maltus, IKOYI Red
JCP Maltus, IKOYI Red
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Our latest crowd-funded barrels syndicate has taken us to South Africa and Stellenboch’s renowned Helderberg region.
Focussing on a favourite variety of ours, Cabernet Franc, we were keen to work with Jonathan Maltus OBE, one of the original Saint Emilion garagistes, whose pioneering Le Dôme remains the largest expression of the variety (80% of the blend) in Bordeaux. Jonathan has teamed up with Louis Strydom, former chair of the Cape Winemakers Guild and longstanding winemaker at Ernie Els award-winning winery, who sourced the best quality, sustainably-farmed grapes from vines planted in 2010 on the northern slopes of the vaunted Helderberg region in Stellenbosch. The nearby False Bay coastline ensures cool, often breezy weather, which extends the ripening period, enabling better structure and complexity. The soils on this site comprises deep red earth with 30% clay and granite.Personalised shares (with your name, crest, or company logo) are particularly recommended for corporate or family events or gifts.
"The immediacy, and aromatic brightness and freshness is uplifting, like a cool breeze wafting past scented with damsons, new leather and Christmas spices. Notes of smoked paprika, lavender, plum skin, boysenberry and nori are teased out latterly, and the oak is already well integrated. Such a sophisticated, positively aristocratic nose, it does not immediately shout South Africa and perhaps shows Jonathan’s “Old World wines in the New World approach”. The palate is similarly lively on the attack with a mid-palate succulence built around ripe black cherries, vanilla pod, cacao nibs and cherry tobacco, but the high-toned cedary, herbal tannins, and a brisk vein of lithe and spicy acidity ensure both length and precision. Jonathan deliberately chose a leaner, more focussed Cabernet Franc on which to base the blend which is nicely rounded out by 20% plumper, darker Syrah fruit. This should age with commendable grace and style over the next few years."
Tom Harrow, Head Wine Guru
We are also absolutely delighted to have partnered with the fantastic mothers2mothers charity. Mothers2mothers train and employ local women living with HIV as community health workers to meet the growing and urgent health needs of women, children and families in ten African countries.
Their work is incredibly important and we will be donating 10% of the profits of all sales of IKOYI to support the charity.