Very ripe and powerful, this Cabernet is built for aging. Dry, firm tannins overlay cassis and herbal flavors, while cedar and toast aromas come from new French wood aging. Sourced from a top Franschhoek Valley vineyard, this is impressive.
Young, vibrant fruit dominates this dense, ripe wine. Not as powerful as the 2003, this shows elegance and some restraint, but there is still a punch of rich black currant, dark plum and coffee flavors. Expect to cellar this wine for at least six years.
Concentrated black fruit aromas with a cedary spin start this classy, ageable Cab from Marc Kent. On the palate, leather, mocha and big berry flavors have a masculine, serious edge. A bit chewy but very good balance and finish. Pair with grilled meat, game dishes.
This iconic Syrah is big and gripping in every sense: a dark, boysenberry and raspberry fruit-infused bouquet; a spicy, deeply flavored palate; a thick and chewy texture with superb strength. Luckily, there’s enough acidity and supporting elements of earthy tobacco and wild animal to keep it balanced and lifted enough. Decant if drinking now, or hold for another…
A mélange of currant, plum and spicy toast flavors give extra appeal to this elegant red from winemaker Marc Kent. It’s a big wine with pronounced tannins that can age for 3–5 years, but have it today with grilled meat or stew and enjoy its delicious, complex heft.
This is a robust and firmly structured Syrah with medium-coarse tannins and medium-full weight. Meaty and dark with notes of licorice, black currant, sweet spice and a touch of cocoa on the finish. Though it’s intense, it still feels like it’s holding back a little bit; try after 2012 for a more forward presentation.
An eternal crowd pleaser, the Chocolate Block starts with alluring aromas of violet, anise, black currant and mocha, leading into bold layers of smoke, cherry, chocolate and spice. Elegant but with backbone, this wine will age nicely.
A gorgeous wine that showcases the greatness Sémillon has to offer. Green apple, pear and stone fruit all abound on the nose, with interesting notes of yellow flowers and soft toast adding depth to the bouquet. Orange citrus and well-integrated oak notes flesh out in the mouth and linger.