This has aged beautifully. Dark red, some rustier color at the meniscus. Garrigue, cedar, spice drawer notes. Mature, but not raisin-y or pruney; rather, complex and layered. With chicken tagine. Drink up within the next six months, though.
Slow o'd for a half hour; needed two, like most SA reds. Very Bordeaux-like, and very well made, but has the rusty, bark-y South African bite to it that, for the first hour or so, dominates, though without overpowering, the sweet tannins and tobacco/red and black fruit flavors. Recommended as a great QPR and an interesting glass, but really: give it at least a couple of hours of air before consuming.
12/20/2013 7:22:00 PM - Nice use of the word "cotton" in one of your reviews; I appreciate a person with a good vocabulary. Your wife has excellent taste in her enjoyment of Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine, nothing better for oysters. In regards to drinking more white wines, a wise man once told me, "The other half of the world's great wines are white."
12/13/2013 8:23:00 AM - have enjoyed reading your notes & like the crossover in shared wine types. particularly interested when you find successful food-wine pairings w/vegetable-based meals, as this is still the most challenging for me. particularly since our cellar is predominately red wines (85/15). sante!