Sant’Ilia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Thracian Valley, Southern Bulgaria, 2013
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and melnik; screw cap closure, 13% abv, Waitrose, about £9
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium intensity, youthful, with aromas of spicy red and black berries, slightly high-toned red and black cherries, a whiff of oak.
Palate: a dry wine, medium acidity, fine-grained medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium (-) body, medium intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black cherry boiled sweets, sweet ripe black berry and a hint of oak. A medium (-) length with a clean black cherry lightly grippy finish
Quality: an acceptable quality wine, acidity + alcohol a match for flavour intensity. Fairly simple and fruity, with spicy berry notes, and quite well-integrated new (ish) oak, and given the overall quality, this is likely to be oak chips or at best planks (aka staves). Lightweight flavour intensity and concentration, which follow through to the shortish length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine is ready to drink now, and is not suitable for ageing.