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 £12.
Soils – decomposed granite.
Vinification – tank fermentation; MLF; maturation in 20% new French and American oak, and 80% second use barrels; 16 months aging.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of black currant, sweet ripe black cherry, a spicy peppery note, together with vanilla, and almond.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol with a medium (+) body, with medium intensity (+), with flavours of black currant, black cherry, a little black olive, a savoury spicy note, and a woody note, with a long length, and residual tannic grip.
Quality – a good quality wine, with moderate extraction and fruit concentration, and a balance between alcohol, tannin and intensity of fruit, and a long length. Starting to develop tertiary notes, this wine should continue to develop for another 5 years or so. A food wine and jolly good value.