Third time trying this vintage in the past couple of weeks, want to make sure my rating’s on-point. This is super tropical with lots of passion fruit, pineapple, pear, and grapefruit and highly acidic finish. Very youthful and racy wine; I say this a bargain, stock up but drink up, as the charm fades quickly. Awesome vintage. Cheers. — 12 days ago
Just a glass (and a small one at that)! After the Joshua Cooper Pinot this was quite sweet and pruney with lush blackberry and chocolate flavours Went well with the Waygu Beef dish. The quality of Henschke shining through even in their lesser Cuvées. — 14 days ago
Crisp and citrusy. Hard to beat for the price. — 2 days ago
For a good time, bring this wine to your next blind tasting.
For us industry folk who took a certain exam earlier this year, this wine revealed 1) what a silly value South Africa is right now 2) how ignorant we Americans are generally about what’s happening there today (so scarred by pinotage are we).
In a blind tasting, some of us called this 100% Cab a warm vintage medoc (a touch of bret), some (🙋🏻♀️) called it Napa (eucalyptus!), others (also catching that mint/eucalyptus note) called it Coonawarra…. But all of us rated it highly. We noted the well-integrated oak, the intensity and complexity of flavors and aroma, balance of ripe fruit with fresh acidity, ripe firm tannins and a hint of green pepper,..
Lol. Turns out we had been waxing poetic about a $16 Cab from South Africa 🤯
To make us feel better, the founder of Glenelly estate estate in Stellenbosch is Bordeaux aristocracy (the nearly 100 year old Lady May was raised at Chateau Palmer and later served as GM of CdLalande). Even though this is the estate’s entry level wine, few corners were cut in making it (hand picked fruit, early picking to retain freshness, natural yeast fermentations, actual 12+ month aging in French oak) rarely seen at wines of this price point. Undeniably new world in flavor profile (rich, ripe, fruit forward, smooth—yes, there’s even a touch of RS in there but it’s deployed well), but raised by a French governess. Not everyone’s cup of tea for sure, but a really well made wine IMHO. — 21 days ago
Often referred to as “Baby Grange,” ‘16: blend of 51% Cab Sauv & 49% Shiraz, aged 12 months in American oak, partly in previous-vintage Grange casks. Dark Ruby with aromas of ripe black fruits, sweet and complex spice. On palate juicy blackberry flavors with notes of tobacco, cacao and toasty spices. Well balanced with acidity, fine ripe tannins, long finish ending with smoky spice, fruit & well integrated with oak, drink over next 10 years+, tasting well, will only get better. — 6 days ago
Great NZ Sauvignon Blanc, especially at the price point. Has a nice extra mineral note from the ancient nautilus shell containing soils. — 13 days ago
Excellent. — 3 hours ago