Monthly Archives: March 2013

Rustenberg, R M Nicholson, 2009

Rustenberg, R M Nicholson, 2009, Stellenbosch – Simonsberg Mountain, South Africa. A SW France type blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 40% shiraz, 5% petit verdot, 3% cabernet franc and 2% malbec; screw cap closure, 14.5% abv. SA Wines Online, about … Continue reading

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Stark-Conde, Cabernet sauvignon, 2008

Stark-Conde, Cabernet sauvignon  2004, Stellenbosch, South Africa. A Bordeaux-type blend of 86% cabernet sauvignon, 6% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv. SA Wines Online, about £15. Soils – decomposed granitic. Vinification – open-topped … Continue reading

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Ch. Croix de Labrie, St Emilion, 2004

Chateau Croix de Labrie, 2004, St Emilion, France. Close to 100% merlot; natural, long cork closure, 13% abv. Direct from the producer, €80 in 2006/7. A garagiste producer, with a 2.3ha estate planted with almost 100% merlot, old vines, low … Continue reading

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Cederberg, Cabernet sauvignon 2009

Cederberg, Cabernet sauvignon, 2009, Cederberg, South Africa 100% cabernet sauvignon; natural cork closure, 14% abv. SA Wines Online, about £16 Fifteen months maturation in new and second use French oak. WSET style tasting note Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing … Continue reading

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Jordan Estate, Cabernet sauvignon, 2008

Jordan Estate, Cabernet sauvignon, 2008, Stellenbosch, South Africa 100% cabernet sauvignon; screw cap closure, 14% abv. SA Wines Online, about £13 Nineteen months in new and pre-used French oak. WSET style tasting note Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing tears. … Continue reading

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Jim Barry’s Cover Drive, Cabernet sauvignon, 2010

Jim Barry’s ‘The Cover Drive’, 2010, cabernet sauvignon [Coonawarra/Clare Valley], South Australia. 100% cabernet sauvignon; screw cap closure, 14% abv. The Oxford Wine Company, about £14 WSET style tasting note Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing tears. Nose – clean … Continue reading

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Rainbow’s End, Shiraz, 2010

Rainbow’s End, Shiraz, 2010, Stellenbosch, South Africa 100% shiraz; natural cork closure, 14% abv. SA Wines Online, Wimbledon, about £14 WSET style tasting note Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing tears. Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced … Continue reading

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