This was the first Bordeaux blend from the Cape, and remains one of the very best. This 2004 is stylish, very Bordeaux in its structure, yet shows a richness of fruit that Bordeaux can only envy. Black currants, dry tannins and a sense of great ageability—they are all there.
The Winemakers Guild is a grouping of South African winemakers and members who can submit wines for approval and release under the Guild name. This impressive 2004 Cabernet is still very young, firmly under the control of fine tannins, but showing ripe but structured dark plums and herbs underneath.
This is a gorgeous Bordeaux-style blend that grabs you right from the start with a decadent nose of black currant liqueur, toasted coconut, black cherry, cedar and a hint of purple African violet florals. The mouth is round but not fat, with a firm but not unyielding structure followed by a toffee-kissed finish that lingers endlessly. Drink now–2015.
This complex red starts with concentrated aromas of anise, black fruit, vanilla and mocha, followed by alluring, round flavors of mocha, blackberry, tobacco and a spin of coffee. The tannins are substantial but smooth. A wine that can age or be enjoyed today.
This gorgeous Cape blend, made from 30% Pinotage, 31% Syrah, 30% Cab Sauv and 3% Mourvèdre, is ripe and immediately enticing on the nose with aromas of crushed Thin Mint cookies and iris petals mingling perfectly with the blackberry, blueberry and fig fruit core. Well balanced and firmly structured with a spicy, lingering finish.
Initially rather simple and sweet, offering ripe tropical-citrus fruit plus a round, soft feel, behind that veneer lurked an impressive wine. With time emerged Sauvignon Blanc’s brighter citrus and grass tanginess, and much higher apparent acidity. It’s full yet crisp, closing long with rich fruit and mild pepper notes. Grab now, but wait until 2005 to drink.
A firm, dry and elegant red whose earth and mineral notes accent a solid, dark cherry-berry fruit core. A modest amount of typical South African funkiness shows. But well-handled here, rather than detracting, it adds complexity Closes long, with good tannic structure. Should improve through this decade.
Smooth and sexy, this trilogy of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot offers a wood-driven nose with eucalyptus, brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate, all tinged with spice. The flavors of dark berry, eucalyptus and earth, while more subdued, still manage to convey strength, and lead to smooth tannins and chocolate on the finish. Imported by Broadbent…