This is the second wine I have had from this South African winery. The first was similar blend but with Cabernet Franc thrown in as well. Vergelegen Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc.
Back to this wine…. Dark purple in the glass spelt out what to expect. A nose of black plums, earth and iodine. The initial taste is amazing. A hint of violets come over after the waves of black berry, plum jam and spicebox. A fine set of tannins swirls around at the finish to leave a nice mouthfeel. The mid palate is balanced and smooth with some acidity that balances the whole thing out. I am really enjoying this wine!
The judicious use of oak is apparent. A finish of coffee and a touch of vanilla make this an easy drinking red that will go great all by itself or hang in there with a juicy New York strip, even some pasta with a spicy sauce. I would guess a drinking window up to 2020 at least, with it open for business right now.
It was on sale for just over $11 and gets an easy 91 point score from me. I will be buying this in bulk, a stunner and worthy of 5 stars easily. Salut…..