A really fine example of a Bordeaux-style blend from the Cape. Cabernet Franc is marginally the dominant grape with supporting roles from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The grapes are hand-picked and –sorted, then fermented in stainless steel or cement vats before going into French barriques, 90% new, for 18 months before bottling.
The aroma is very pure and forward, even at this early stage, with lush ripe berry fruit characteristics; on the palate the tannins are extremely fine, the concentration is impressive and there is a pleasing harmony between the various grape varieties and the oak. Tasting it blind one could easily be in the Medoc. The finish is long and persistent; although the wine can be drunk with great enjoyment already it is structured to last for 10-15 years so a little patience would be rewarded. If you cannot wait, be sure to give it 2 hours in a decanter before drinking.
(Alun Griffiths MW, BBR Wine Director) Chamonix
Juicy and fine. Real energy in this refined South African. Good balance. No excess alcohol but not quite bone dry. Complex for the money.
(Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com - 14th July 2012)
The 2009 Troika is a blend of 54% Cabernet Franc, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot aged in new Nevers barrels for two years. It has an intriguing bouquet: a South African blend that embraces Old World and New, taking the best from both. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, leafy blackberry and strawberry notes laced with spice and a touch of cedar towards the beautifully composed finish. This is a superb wine from Chamonix.
I have been an admirer of Cape Chamonix, one of Franschhoek's finest estates, for several years and their most recent releases are thoughtfully crafted and full of personality.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Dec 2012