I bought this wine based on some positive review by a German blogger called 'Winterminator' (lets kill a good bottle). He recently was on a journey to SA and posted his recommendable wines with pictures and 'reviews' on Facebook.
I do not like this wine for the following reasons: 1. The nose is backward and the palate is simply not appealing. Probably due to its pretty high acidity. Missing elegance and finesse. 2. You cannot sense the terroir. In fact, you cannot even sense that it's from South Africa. I can understand why it would be reasonable to have a cooperation with some knowledgeable people from Bordeaux. And in this case even with the Rothschild. But as the Mouton Cadet it is a good showcase, that it does not necessarily bring the best quality wine on the market. Its rather considered as an investment. To me the nose and palate is rather like a average Chianti Classico. Missing the sweetness of South Africa and the slight toasting of Bordeaux. 3. The wine is way too expensive. It was about 35 €. I would have paid 16 € to say this is an ok wine worth its price tag.
Beside that: No obvious false in neither nose nor palate, tannins (are ok integrated) already so the wine is in a good drinking windows. Day 2 showed that it did not change or improve. Nah.
Black core with ruby edge; blue and dark fruit, some vegetal is noticeable but fruit outweighs, a little armpit; dusty minerality, youthful, medicinal note, chocolate, lots of depth; good acid on the finish making it clean even though it has fine grained tannin. Love this as a bridge between old and new world. Have had great examples of this aged ('99 was the best South African I've ever had), but this is really good now.
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