- The vines were planted on carefully selected sites and took 9 years to reach maturity.
- The grapes were fermented whole with native yeasts and left for 5 weeks on their skins.
- The wine was then barrel aged for two years
- Then four years of bottle maturation.
- Plus it will age well for up to 10 years.
It is a wonderfully balanced blend of 40% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot.
This Bordeaux retails for ±R141 a bottle
When reviewing wine, I like to rate it on:
Colour (out of 3)
Smell (out of 7)
And taste (out of 10)
So the taste has the most weighting. It is also very seldom that I rate a wine less than 3/3 for colour.
It is quite unassuming, nothing special, until you read the back label and vintage year. Yup 2010, been in the barrel for 2 years and the bottle for another 4. Sjoe!
The colour was deep red with a subtle hint of tangerine around the edges. The wine is unfiltered so you will see some sediment. Best to pour it into a decanter first but I rather enjoyed swirling the sediment around the glass. 3/3.
It had quite a complex nose. I could smell dark cherries but also licorice and a hint of hibiscus plant. Some chocolate and cigar box in there too. It was marvelous. 6.5/7
Just mind blowing! It is a full bodied wine and has a lingering finish with a little residual sugar on the palate. Every time I tasted it, it got better which means it really does have a complex palate. Ripe berries with good tannins. 8.8/10
Total is: 18.3/20 =a great red wine to enjoy on its own or with a juicy steak. I can imagine how wonderful this would pair with ostrich.
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So which wine will I review next? 🙂