Since @India Okoh was slaying it in Constantia visiting Klein Constantia, Groot Constantia and Eagle’s Nest Wines, I decided to find some aged South African wine to drown my sorrows.
Bought this on a whim. How often do you get a chance to 27 year old South African Bordeaux blend? Unless you know somebody probably almost never. We got lucky and found this in a liquor store in Johannesburg for R170.00 it around $11.00.
No seepage and capsule intact. The cork was a little depressed and no ullage issues. Upon opening the cork completely fell apart with a light brown edge and medium garnet core. Woody nose with a touch of black cherries, mulberries, cedar and damp spices. Solid acidity making your mouth pucker with a light plus to medium bodied. Aged palate with leather, dried cherries, cedar, damp forest floor and a tad tart in the medium finish. Very impressive for a 27 year old. Drink now. — 19 days ago
Deep blackish red. Complex nose of cassis, tobacco, bellpepper, vanilla, cedar wood. Full-bodied, mouthfilling, palate confirms the nose, high alcohol, medium and lively acidity, medium+ but super soft tannins, also suprisingly high amount of minerality. Very long afterhall. Very nice drinking now but with a lot more to come. Ridiculous value for money! For just 35€ this wine is in a league similar to second cru bordeaux or the better napa valley cabs. (And also the first ever south african wine recieving 100/100 tim atkin pts! Get it while it‘s cheap 😅) — 12 days ago
Beautiful colour- vibrant. Herbaceous aromas preside over the Cassis and oak - could pick this as Margaret River Cabernet. A strong wine in terms of likely longevity with a robust core. Elegance with power, cutting back on the ripe plush style of Cabernet often seen in the New World. I love Margaret River Cabernet and this is traditionally one of the best in the district. Every year Cape Mentelle have an International Cabernet Tasting and about 5 years ago they covered the 2009 vintage which was great in both Margaret River and also Bordeaux and other parts of the world. I went across to WA for it. My top 3 were this one, Woodlands and Chateau Palmer. Many years to go in the Cellar. — 6 days ago
You would not initially think this was a South African wine as it lacks the typical unique earthiness you would usually detect. Instead this has a huge cherry bouquet. It’s overwhelming initially but mellows after breathing for an hour and becomes a very respectable effort. Dark and syrupy and unique in its own right. — 6 days ago
An unexpectedly yummy Bordeaux blend from coastal South Africa. Real bang for buck—smoked cedar, dark cherries, that kind of thing. A little heavy on the oaky stuff, but it’s balanced by really strong fruit. I just don’t think of this blend for South Africa, and at this price. Thanks Dexter Wines for the rec. — 5 days ago
I purchased this wine at a festival. I aged it for about a year and it’s was absolutely incredible. — 6 months ago
Gorgeous with a lil scotch fillet! Recommend!!! — 8 days ago