Big, full-blown reds are made here with no shortage of new oak being used. The original Helderberg property dates back to 1726 although Bilton as a modern wine producer was much more recently established with the maiden vintage of 1998 providing just 100 cases. The potential though is much greater than that, the estate vineyards cover some 80 ha and as well as the Bordeaux varieties, Mourvèdre and Viognier are also planned. The 100% varietal Cabernet Sauvignon is the firmest and most structured of this trio. As with all the reds here a 48 hour cold-soak is employed to lift the wines fruit and ageing is in French oak for 17 months. Merlot is plusher, rounder with dark, spicy plummy fruit and hints of dark cherries. Supple blackberry scented Shiraz is ripe and very full, although the youthfully toasted oak seems better harnessed here than with the Bordeaux styles. All the wines will benefit from 3 or 4 years’ age. A new flagship Bordeaux blend “Sir Percy” has recently been added, along with the a premium Viognier and The Bilton a super premium red with a price tag to match the worlds most expensive. (DM)
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