(From 2009 Vintage) COLOUR - Deep ruby red, intense and brilliant. NOSE - Cloves, sandalwood, fresh cassis berries. PALATE: Ripe tannin, clean intense fruit, black berries. Taste holds in the mouth with excellent balance. This wine follows the "classic” style blends that we have been making from our first vintage in 1989. A soft, rich wine with fruit forward character. It is ideal to drink now with rich food and red meat dishes. The classic tannin structure will allow the wine to mature well for up to ten years.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most recent release is the 2008 Grand Classique, a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 14% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, and it is the first vintage that has seen 18 rather than 24 months of oak (40% new). The nose is refined and elegant with blackberry, cedar and a touch of cigar box whilst the palate is medium-bodied with harmonious blackberry, wild strawberry and tart red cherries. Understated and very well balanced, this is a succinct expression of South African Cabernet. Drink now-2017." 91 points and Editor's Choice The Wine Enthusiast: "This blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon,16% Malbec, 14% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc offers a minty character that prevails among the intense black plum and berry aromas and flavors. Well-integrated, with a decadent crushed velvet texture and a long oak-kissed finish reminiscent of dark chocolate-covered cherries." According to Wine Spectator: "Quite toasty, with ample mocha and roasted fig notes up front, followed by cassis, bacon and mesquite on the back end. The toasty edge holds sway on the lightly firm finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now." (09/11)
- about 2 years
Robert Parker(From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/18/2012