October 13, 2019 - Eye: deep dark ruby color, long legs in the glass. Nose: forward red fruit, cherries and berries, herbs, hint of smoke. Palate: crisp, full bodied, nice fruit, well balanced, medium to long finish.
May 26, 2019 - My Grade: EX-. Deserves a more detailed note, will have to re-visit. Very Bdx left-bank on the nose, more southerly, warm-climate on the palate. Well-made, big, jammy black and red-fruit, smooth tannins, great structure, long, juicy finish, delicious even with noticeable heat. Should improve over next 3-5 years.
March 3, 2019 - A good blend with palate recalibrating acidity but not amazing, happy to take a back seat to flavoursome food
February 17, 2019 - Dark purple color. Left Bank Bordeaux style blend. Plums, licorice and we stones, and a creamy finish.
February 16, 2019 - like this wine more this time then a year ago, a herbal nose mixed with powerful fruit. palate os very bordeaux like
January 15, 2019 - 89. Nose of plum and black olive. Ripe blackcherry fruit with a plush mid palate and soft but firm finish. Enjoyable wine.
December 18, 2018 - Ripe and angular upon opening. More red fruit than black. Better the second night. First experience with this producer.
September 8, 2018 - South Afrtican Reds (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): 67% C.S, 14% Merlot, 12% C.F., & 7% Petit Verdot, ea from its own vyd/soil type -- & harvested/fermented separately. Aged "a total of 20 mos in 67% new FR Nevers oak with 33% 2nd fill Nevers & Alliers barrels." 14.1% ABV, 2.2 g/l R.S., 5.91 g/l T.A., & 3.51 pH; 1,153 cs imported
N: CLOSED; Seems RIPE with earthy/smoky notes; Intensity lurking?
P: Med body; NICE, ALMOST swtish frt, which keeps in contact with that frt as the puckerish astringency morphs into a LONG, very, VERY slightly bitterswt finish with an notes of tanginess to the very, VERY fine tannins. NEEDS through '19, then approaching its 10th? My EXC-. 94+ pts Wine Safari, 90 WS, & 17/20 Jancis Robinson. [This vendor's $26.95 is $2 < its closest current wine-searcher competitor.]
May 21, 2018 - Tasted together with a highly-skilled professional winemaker.
We both found it unpleasantly unripe and very much pyrazinic. It isn't a bad wine per se and might be a good match for food, but doesn't provide the drinking pleasure you would expect from a high quality Bordeaux blend from Stellenbosch.
May 7, 2018 - Rich black fruit, with a leafy Cabernet finish, this is very ripe and clearly seen a lot of sun. It is still fresh with gentle but moderately close tannin. Clearly a different breed to a Bordeaux but I like what it is and it is pretty decent value. 90