Happy International Pinotage Day. Here is a gorgeous Pinotage to celebrate with.
Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.
Nice nose of black currants, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, chocolates, vanilla, violets, coffee, Mediterranean spices, peppercorn, herbs, earth and dark chocolates.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black plums, black cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf, coke, dark roast coffee, earth, light vegetables and pencil lead.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious Pinotage from South Africa. Drinking very nicely now, with a great mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity and good by itself or with food.
Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show some tannins, so be patient.
This 8 year old is peaking now. I've had this vintage 5 years ago, and decided to let it mature for a while. What a great call, as it made such a big difference.
Rich and expressive. Tasty and interesting. Just Delicious.
I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.
Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
93 points. — 14 days ago
Drank it a bit late, light amber in color. Still, very delicious! Paired it with shrimp and lobster ravioli in a garlic, butter, tarragon white wine sauce. — 5 days ago
I haven’t had a new world cab Sauvignon in ages. This maker gets some press as she is working in a former apartheid state, but really this wine deserves kudos: most of all contains tension & a wirey ness that belies its cab Sauvignon credentials. Serious chocolate notes. Drink it on cold room temp side & you will be happy. Good wet winter night wine. — 7 days ago
Fabulously flavoursome stone fruits with balanced acidity, golden honey colour and a long finish.
Just terrific Chenin — a day ago
I tasted the 2014 a couple months ago and looking forward to having it again. Tart nose but smooth, mellow taste. Hints of blueberries, boysenberry, and cranberry. Excellent finish. — 12 days ago
15 years makes a difference.
$40.00 makes it even better.
Facts and Figures
2005 Bressler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Mia Klein Vineyard Manager: David Abreu Release Date: January, 2009 Release price: $85
Bottling Date: Jan 11, 2008
Pick Date: October 5 through 14, 2005
Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 7 on St. George root stock (1986)
Cabernet Franc Clone 332 on 420A root stock (1999)
Petit Verdot Clone 181 on 420A root stock (1999) Cabernet Yields: 9.5 tons
Aging: 24 months in new French Oak
Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot Cooperage: Barrels from: Taransaud, Nadalie and Treuil
750ml 527 cases
Magnums 24 cases (144 bottles) 3.0L 6 bottles
6.0L 2 bottles
Notes from Mia Klein:
The 2005 vintage gave ample rain in the winter, charging up the soil water profile for a very nice growing season. Temperatures were moderate and consistent from early spring through October. Both the mature, established Cabernet Sauvignon vines and the now five year old Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petite Verdot vines produced some wonderful juice.
— 17 days ago