Full bodied, deep ruby red colour. A combination ofthe varietals gives you more than the sum of the parts. Very complex bouquet with black currant, red berry, mocha and spicy flavours. Big structured wine with a refined line of elegance.
Wine Spectator 92 points - Offers an old-school feel, with mint and bittersweet cocoa notes leading the way for a solid core of steeped plum, black currant and blackberry fruit. Well-embedded bramble and licorice accents line the finish, showing a whiff of singed cedar. Drink now through 2021. 110 cases imported.-JM
(Jun 30 2015)
Vinous 93 points - (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot; aged in all-new French oak for two years): Bright red-ruby. Exhilarating high notes of minerals, cedar, fynbos and orange zest lift the Old World aromas of dark plum, black raspberry, currant, brambly blackberry, milk chocolate and shoe polish; shows a macerated fruit quality and building oakiness as it opens in the glass. Silky, ripe and generous; tastes sweeter than its two grams per liter r.s. would suggest, which gives lovely early accessibility to the dark berry, licorice and mineral flavors. Harmonious, ripe acidity contributes to the wine’s penetrating quality and sneaky intensity. This very classy wine shows the balance for long-term aging but I find it remarkably approachable now owing to its opulence, suave tannins and energetic, slowly building finish--not to mention its lovely integration of oak. (Incidentally, the 2005 edition, tasted in South Africa, displayed high-toned raspberry, mint and leather aromas with a hint of meaty rusticity. This classically dry wine is evolving at a leisurely pace, with dusting tannins spreading out on the slowly building finish. It carries essentially the same technical numbers as the 2011, but the newer vintage is more refined. I rated the 2005 91 points.)