John X Merriman, Rustenberg, WO Simonsberg Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2012
A Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec. Aged in cask for 20 months, screw cap closure, 14% abv, DBM Wines, £15
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, developing, with slightly lifted aromas of ripe blackcurrant, then black berry, a light floral note of peony, blackcurrant boiled sweets, a savoury note and warm cedar.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, ripe yet grippy medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a full body, with a smooth texture, medium intensity, with flavours of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry, blackcurrant boiled sweets, and a rich low-key cedary note. A medium length with a clean black fruited, yet significantly grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with balanced acidity and alcohol which are harmonious with the flavour intensity. A decent level of flavour intensity, but with a modest concentration, and little complexity with not much going on after the initial nosing, together with a modest length. Firm gum drying tannins are a little dominant, which upsets the overall harmony.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine is ready to drink now, and will hold for a year. Flavour intensity and length do not suggest that further beneficial development will occur with cellaring.