Pnp the bouquet showed overripe almost boiled fruits, but with some air that disappeared and the dark forest fruits and oak were more than ok. On the palate ripe dark forest fruits and some red berry fruits as well, a lot of sweetness, but nicely balanced by the acidity. Mild and round tannin. The alcohol shows a bit. I am not as enthusiastic as some, but the wine is more than ok. Would like to try again around 2019 to see what the ageing potential is.
Tightly wound dark fruits to begin, but after three hour decant, scented coffee, tobacco, leather, sweet smoke, liquorice and cedar on the nose. More approachable than I was expecting, real meaty texture, layers of chewy blackcurrant, zesty cherry acidity and smooth peppery tannin. Very port-like in density at the moment, needs time, but a lot of potential here ****1/2
Perfect bottle. Young, dark, purple/black, dense. On the nose lots of cassis and quite green (green stalk), actually very green. Even some black olives and plum.
Very "South Africa" in the mouth, i e rubber, burnt rubber and asphalt. This wine is "Fast and the furious 10". Quite good acidity though. The alcohol is high. Says 15 % on the label, but the alcohol feels integrated with the fruit. Yet warm and sweet fruit. This wine is not fully balanced, but it is not as extracted as I feared. There is a minerality that lift this wine, and together with the acidity this wine stands up pretty well. Chewy tannins and lots of oak in this medium plus to full bodied wine.
I must say I prefered the style this wine was made in back in 2004 and 2005. Lower alcohol, less oaky and more focus on the fruit. But those wines didn't age well. I think this wine is better for storage ... if not more than 10 - 15 years more. The wines from early 2000 went over the famous Hill after 5 - 7 years. I still got some magnums left of 2004 and 2005, and try them once a year, but I've been disappointed since 2011. I do not think they will come to life again. But young I must admit I just loved these wines. The fruit was fabulous and they didn't have the same amount of burnt rubber back then ... even if you could tell it was a wine from RSA. 88 - 89 points
But two days later, the 10 cl I left in the decanter shows a much better wine with complex notes. Much better 2 days later, and that is a good sign. Meat, leather, tobacco, coffee, plum, cassis, earthy, some chocolate but still lots of rubber. But it tastes so much better two days later. 92 points
The nose feels tighter than the Z with light notes of toasty wood and blackcurrant. Very sweet black fruits on the entry. Feels tightly wound on the midpalate with notes of lovely baked black fruits wrapped up in the big grippy tannins.
Blackish purple and extracted; oaky, fruity, sweet, smokey; thick, currant, currant, compote, some oak showing through, lots of glycerin, chipotle, fleshy and kind of fat, Bordeaux slant; very young showing little South African character, but I have really liked prior bottles- just need time for this to develop.
The nose was intense and large scaled with ripe red berries, herbs and mint, giving it an atractive airy quality. On the palate it showed great intensity of fruit with a velvety yet balanced personality, showing dark red fruits, which lasted through the long finish.
New World Cabernet & Blends - Sample Bottle Tasting; 3/16/2013-3/24/2013 (My Place - Washington, DC): The nose, where to start? Plum cake, fig, currant jam, cedar, pine needles, mocha. Wow. Tart acid on the palate, firm tannins, and generous fruit. Plums and currants mix with earth and cedar, even a hint of black olive. This is granite-structured, but the acid is wonderful. The notes of bay leaf and potting soil pay homage to the Old World, but the fruit has such richness. Aged 12 months in 50% new oak, but the toast and mocha flavors are extremely well-integrated. This wine is showing wonderfully now, but it’s a big one that will be even more interesting in five or eight years. A blend of 57% cabernet, 14% merlot, 13% malbec, 11% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot.
Classy nose, palate is not exactly "fine" but not rustic, either, in any case it has grace, and there is concentration, too, and oak, but it's balanced. It has the polish of a new world wine but the profile is bordeaux/SA, with some green/capsicum notes on the finish. I feel like it's going to be a really cool wine at 10 years plus.