Red Blends

Tasting Notes

Top Ten Terroir Cabernet Blends

1.) D’Aria, Durbanville

Exotic oak, tangy fruit, clean. Ripe and dried stone fruit, bell peppers with a rich complexity. Huge length.

2.) De Toren Fusion V, 2010, Stellenbosch

A vinous black hole, elegant, long, silky, balance, mineral chalk and toast.

3.) Eagle’s Nest Verreaux, 2009, Constantia

Toasty red and black berries, sweet fruit with a tang.

4.) Gabrielskloof The Blend, 2010, Bot River

Minty bell peppers and cherries. Good complexity, spicy oak, tobacco and leather.

5.) Grande Provence, 2007, Franschhoek

Sweet and minty oak, chocolate, plums and currants plus bell pepper chutney.

6.) Mont du Toit – Mont du Toit, 2007, Wellington

Complex, broad spectrum, intense and dense.

7.) Rietvallei Special Select Esteanna, 2009, Robertson

Austere tannins, fresh mint and spice, classic minerality lingers for ever.

8.) Thelema Rabelais, 2008, Stellenbosch

Floral, violet aromas, incredibly fresh peach peel and violets world class wine.

9.) Thelema Sutherland, 2009, Elgin

Ripe bell peppers, tobacco and leather with almost medicinal complexity and long savoury finish.

10.) Warwick Trilogy, 2009, Stellenbosch

Red and blackcurrants, elegant fresh oak with impressive balance.

Top Five Terroir Pinotage Blends

1.) Bergsig The Family Friend, 2011, Breedekloof

Serious wine, complex melange of flavours, long finish.

2.) Lanzerac le General, 2008, Stellenbbosch

Dense, intense, silky, tangy fruit (bananas plums and spicy peaches).

3.) Mellasat M, 2006, Paarl

Fresh, savoury plums, tobacco.

4.) Waboomsrivier Arborea Red, 2010, Breedekloof

Superb nose, fresh intense red and black fruits, with chocolate.

5.) Wildekrans Cape Blend, 2010, Bot River

Spicy berries and black pastilles New World paladin, chewy tannins.

Top Ten Terroir Shiraz Blends

1.) Annexkloof, 2010. Swartland

Shiraz driven opulence, tangy red fruit and silky texture.

2.) Axe Hill Machado, 2011, Klein Karoo

Chocolate and red stone fruits with an underlying stony minerality, desert dry, flinty.

3.) Bovlei Vineyard Selection Shiraz\Mourvèdre, 2010

Clean, lovely red fruits with lingering mineral notes.

4.) Domaine des Dieux, 2010, Hemel & Aarde

Rhône style: sweet fruit red and spicy dry fynbos. Silky palate, world class.

5.) Fable Vineyards Lion’s Whisker, 2010, Tulbagh

Tight berries, red fruit cheesecake.

6.) Graceland Strawberry Fields, 2010, Stellenbosch

Attractive berry nose, dense vanilla palate, silky.

7.) Guardian Peak SMG, 2010, Stellenbosch

Silky, density, extreme spice, length and balance.

8.) Rhebokskloof, 2010, Paarl

Intense fynbos, sweet fruit and herbs, long and elegant.

9.) Rust en Vrede Estate, 2009, Stellenbosch

Chalky minerals and chocolate, intense, rich and silky, long and densely flavoured.

10.) Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification, 2007, Stellenbosch

Peach peel of Shiraz, toasty coconut, huge length, intensity, wow! Superlative oak management balance ripeness and extraction with silkiness; the nose is perfect.