I was in the mood for a lighter bodied wine, though a bit sick of Pinot, so I broke out my second bottle of this. It's hitting the spot right now. Tame black fruit, some herbal & mineral notes. Nose is mostly nonexistent but like I said for now it's hitting the spot.
still lots of fruit and a bit of leather, but there is an off-putting bitterness in the back end. I don't see this as an age or storage issue. It just is fundamental to the wine. I don't expect that this will get better from here. I am using my remaining bottles for cooking. They will work well in that context as they did tonight when added to a heavy vegetable pasta sauce.
Getting worse, maybe not all the way to undrinkable, but clearly down from the last bottle. I continue to regret going on this set of six from Lot 18, not one of the wiser purchases.... [note that this was one of the worst 2nd nights that I've experienced for a wine -- probably down to 70 something on the 2nd night; the odor had gone foul and it tastes more like I'd imagine rubbing alcohol or gasoline would; probably means that the last bottle will simply be trashed, though I'll wait to open it before deciding for sure; really a shame, the Lot 18 write-up had been so positive about this wine]
This keeps getting better every year. Ready to drink immediately, fruit forward but with plenty of grounding chocolate and spice. Lots of chocolate up front, which seems to have developed more in the last year. Great for any meal.
I keep expecting this one to be better than it is. I think, to my taste, that its just on the other side of its peak, so probably be time to aim for finishing up the remaining two. Lesson learned from this one: get one or two before taking up the special offer on six. It would have been much better to sample this early and pass on the 1/2-case. Not a disaster buy, but not an ideal one either.
Maybe a bit better than last time. I shared this with others for a dinner party and didn't reveal my own sense beforehand. It went over well with the meal and was fully enjoyed. While still not over the top for me, this continues to be an enjoyable wine. Just, again, not quite what I'd expected at first purchase.
A similar sense to my last review. This improved with time in the glass. But, I felt this is a reasonable, still not outstanding, wine. I'm certainly happy to have it, just felt that it was oversold relative to what it is. The sense I have is an enjoyable wine for the price, and so not too bad a bargain, just oversold relative to my expectations from the writeup.
Decent, but not outstanding. I think that I'd been overly excited by the Lot18 writeup. Bit of musty nose, fruit present at taste, slightly tannic, modest overall balance. I seem to remember even more exciting wines when I was in Capetown, so I may also be comparing to the wrong standard. So, not a bad buy, but not over the top either.
On the nose, a bit of a musty smell with slightest hint of cinnamon. On the palate, good fruit flavors - plum peel and black currant - but by no means jammy. Lots of spicey/greenish notes. More of an old World style - very enjoyable. Good acidity, dusty tannins, medium bodied, moderate aromatic finish.
80% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre. 3000' elevation. This and the Bobbejaan are easily the best red wines I've ever had (by a long shot) from South Africa. Not even on the map for me before. Great new project from Andy Erickson. Worth attention especially for the money!