A friend brought this wine to the table, straight from her visit to South Africa. A Shiraz from the Stellenbosch region that I found out costs about $9. We were sitting outside on a warm humid evening in very low light so I could not really see the color. The nose was very impressive: layers of plum, oak, spice and blueberry. Alas, very thin and watery on the palate. A huge disappointment as I was relishing the flavors I had already smelt. I coaxed the plum and berry components out, and managed to enjoy the wine once I got over the weight. The overall impression was that this could have been a really good wine, the acidity, balance and tannins were all lined up. 2 stars and 82 points.
I recently tasted the Chilcas Cabernet, which scored well on my quality/price criteria. Moving on to the Carmenere varietal I was hoping for similar performance, but alas I was let down.
The varietal is one of the original six Noble Bordeaux grapes and is related to the Cabernet family. I have never had a French Carmenere, only Spanish and more predominantly- Chile. I find it to be very spicy, with strong hints of green pepper (capsicum) and lacking hefty tannins. This particular bottling hit me with a very ‘tinny’ taste profile which was almost medicinal on the initial attack. The spice and red currants hit on the mid-palate, but are somewhat overshadowed by the metallic taste. I really did not enjoy the profile, but it did mellow out after about an hour. This is a major wave-off, spend your cash on their other wines. 82 points and 1 star.
A few of my colleagues gathered for a little Christmas cheer upon our arrival in Hong Kong and this was the first of many bottles to be opened. Very primary in fruit with a decent nose and mid-palate it offered no sign of aging potential. A decent way to start out as it was not heavy, complex or overpowering. Very reasonably priced, this one is a sure winner for informal drinking or large parties. From a pro standpoint, perhaps an 82 rating but I’m giving it 4 stars for being a good QPR player.