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Light, pure and easy, this is a lovely example of modern Cape cinsault. With bright cranberry fruit and refreshing, palate-cleansing acidity, this would be great served cool with summer barbecues.
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Boutinot is an international, UK-based wine business that works with over 150 producers worldwide. It also produces its own ranges of wines by working closely with winemakers in France, Italy and South Africa.It all began in 1980 with Paul Boutinot, who used to source wines for his father’s restaurant business. He was disappointed with the quality of the trade examples he found, and so he went to France to find higher-quality, better value wines. In 1989, he began blending his own wine at a site just outside the Beaujolais region, and things quickly expanded from there.In 1993, Boutinot began producing wine with specially sourced, passionate producers in South Africa, and in 2004 Paul Boutinot opened his Waterkloof winery in Stellenbosch. More recently, Boutinot began working with Adria Vini – the leading co-op in Piedmont, Italy – and the company purchased vineyards in the Rhône region in 2010.Since the beginning, the Boutinot philosophy has been simple: find producers who love what they do, who want to take risks and create new and exciting wines, and develop long-term relationships with them. It likes the terroir to do the talking, so the company works hard to create wines with minimal intervention so the regions’ true characters can shine through. The other main aim is to find value for money at all price points, and in this sense the Percheron range is a particularly good example of Boutinot’s success.Boutinot’s South African winemakers are involved at all stages of the process from vineyard selection to the final blending. The Percheron range comes from carefully selected sites owned by enlightened growers in the Western Cape region who grow some of the country’s less famous grape varieties: Boutinot’s aim with Percheron is to showcase some of South Africa’s forgotten treasures.The wines are shipped in technologically advanced bulk containers to France where they are bottled at Boutinot’s own production facility. This saves money for all involved and is more ecologically friendly than shipping glass over long distance.Percheron Old Vine Cinsault is particularly popular: grown on gnarly 65 year old bush vines, there is little need for crop control because the vines are so old they naturally restrict yields by themselves. The team also doesn’t use irrigation on these vineyards, and all grapes are hand harvested to ensure only the best fruit is selected.
South Africa is undoubtedly one of the world's most dynamic wine producers. Established winemakers re-emerged onto the international scene in the early 1990s, following the demise of the apartheid era, and new wines, wineries, highly qualified winemakers, and even new regions have appeared steadily ever since. This makes South Africa more exciting than ever, but more complicated, too. Most South African wines are varietally labelled - a key factor in any buying decision. Styles vary of course, and our notes aim to clarify this, but you will probably already know whether you like sauvignon blanc (now among the world's best), chardonnay, riesling, syrah, pinot noir, or cabernet.South Africa's most famous grapes - white chenin blanc and red pinotage - will be less familiar unless you are already a convert. South African chenins are quite different from those in the Loire - almost always dry, but ripe and full of flavour (often with the complexity that comes from the increasingly sought-after old-vine fruit and the use of oak). Pinotage, a South African creation, is for many a love-it-or-hate-it grape. Pinotage's 'parents' are pinot noir, which imparts its strawberry aromas and lovely texture in young wines, and more complex, farmyard characteristics in more mature examples, and cinsault, the southern French grape, which adds spice and body. It was developed in South Africa in 1926. Shiraz is now making a name for itself in South Africa with some superb examples bottled varietally and showing characteristics that often places it between the plush New World style pioneered by Australia and classic Rhône balance and elegance.More significant in South Africa than much of the New World (notably New Zealand and Chile) are blends, which make selection more complicated, as the style of the wine is less easy to anticipate. As in Australia and California, however, many of the best wines here are blends - a sign of maturity in the industry. Bordeaux blends were favoured initially but there are increasing numbers of Rhône and southern French influenced blends, including some eclectic mixes, many of which are among South Africa’s best wines.The RegionsThe vineyards of South Africa are at a latitude of about 35o south, with hot, dry Mediterranean-type summers tempered by oceanic influences in the south, particularly the very cold Benguela Current. Much of the country is mountainous or hilly with a multitude of terroirs for winemakers to play with. Soils are ancient and complex, and many and varied from region to region, and even vineyard to vineyard. Rainfall is very varied from one area to another, largely depending which side of a mountain or range a vineyard lies on, and in some parts irrigation is essential. South Africa’s rigorous Wine Of Origin scheme demarcates vineyard areas, including some single vineyards, and guarantees the geographical source of the wine much like the old French appellation contrôllée system recently renamed AOP, though there are no controls on yields and grape varieties as there are in France..Bordeaux-style blends are one of the Stellenbosch region's great strengths. Wines such as Kanonkop's Paul Sauer, Meerlust's Rubicon and Warwick's Trilogy are South African icons, produced over many years, and with proven ageing capacity. The striking Simonsberg mountain names the ward (or area) most highly sought after for these reds, but Stellenbosch produces a wide range of wine styles, from excellent chenin blancs and sauvignons to robust pinotage and Cape Blends.Paarl is its less-well-known neighbour, also warm, and best known for its robust but smooth reds. Franschhoek is understandably one of the most-visited towns in the Cape (with lots of French Huguenot history and some of the best restaurants in the region). It has a number of famous producers, most notably Boekenhoutskloof, but most do not produce exclusively from Franschhoek fruit. Cape Chamonix is an exception we rate highly, producing a wide range of wine styles from bubbly to cabernet franc led red blend Troika.The generally warmer Swartland region has been at the forefront of the development of Rhône varietals in South Africa, led by stars such as Eben Sadie, as well as home to some of the best old chenin blanc vines. Further north, and much cooler is Citrusdal, where fresher styles are produced and chenin blanc can achieve real finesse.The Cape peninsula, to the south of Cape Town itself, is home to Constantia, known for its cooler climate thanks to the influence of the two oceans that almost circle it. Here, sauvignon blanc and the Bordeaux grapes predominate, but there are lovely examples of aromatic varieties too, notably Klein Constantia's elegant riesling and its wonderful sweet muscat Vin de Constance, and the vibrant sauvignon blancs from Cape Point vineyards to the south. Rhône varietals are successful new additions.Elgin, en route to Hermanus, is another very cool region, very much up-and-coming for sauvignon blanc, as is Elim, which is even further south and the source of our former Exhibition Sauvignon. Robertson is almost due north of Elim, but way inland and far hotter. A small number of family producers manage to make excellent sauvignon here, too, but it is also a good source of chardonnay, increasingly pinot noir, and elegantly styled pinotage and Rhône varietals, not forgetting the excellent fortified muskadels which are unique to the Cape.The most important factor in deciding whether or not to buy is often the producer's name. This is easily achieved when some of the grandest 'old' names, such as Meerlust, Hamilton Russell, Kanonkop, and Klein Constantia, still rank among the country's best producers. Where it gets trickier is when the winery is new, has no track record, or the winemaker is not a household name.
With such an inauspicious start to an unforgettable year, few even dreamed of such a good 2020 harvest. It was clear that volumes would be down – which can be good for quality, of course – but the weather brought a few early challenges in the vineyards and the grapes’ normally orderly progression to ripeness turned into quite a scramble. But nature has an astonishing way of managing even multiple challenges, smoothing out extremes to allow mother (vine) to give her very best to her offspring (the grapes). The 2020 harvest was a gift to bring smiles to a troubled industry.
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"I bought this looking for a reasonably priced wine that isn't too demanding on the drinker and I suppose it fulfilled the criteria, but I found it thin and uninteresting overall. Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh at this price level but having "old vine" in its title led me to expect a bit more."
Mr Alan Stewart (05-Jun-2020)
"Great freshness to this wine. It's delicious slightly cool, and displays reasonable acidity with fairly present cranberry and soil on the palate. Overall it's excellent value."
Mr Will Barry (16-Feb-2020)
" A great wine that has a very strong fruity cranberry flavour and is balanced by a healthy acidity. Would recommend as a casual evening wine rather than a food pairing."
Mr Sam Barry (15-Jan-2020)
"I agree with other reviewers that this is not a patch on the last vintage, which I thought was a wonderful wine and one of the best buys on the list at the time. I had been looking forward to seeing this back on the List but have been disappointed. Nothing like the light-bodied, exuberant and quaffable 2015 vintage. This has over powering fruit. There are many better wines on the List at £6.95 or less."
Mr David J Worlidge (27-Dec-2019)
"Great for the price, easy drinking and very pleasant!"
Mr Carl Brooks (17-Nov-2019)
"Reminiscent of Pinot Noir, quite fruity and very light. I agree that it works served cool. Probably sold at the right price, a good, budget, summer wine."
Mr Richard Hadfield (14-Jul-2019)
"Like Philip Dodd's review, I was interested in this vintage off the back of the 2015. It's not quite the same wine: the last, oddly, was over 14% if I remember; this vintage is 12.5%, and as a result it hasn't got quite the same kick.
All that said, it's a lovely wine, from the cinsault grape, more commonly used for Rose.
Fantastic value; very enjoyable; a great all rounder, that would be good for barbecues as well as dinner.
Not the most complex wine in the world, but very good. I'll be buying more."
Rev Robert Stanier (09-Jun-2019)
"AS a P.S. to my previous post: Two days in the fridge for the second half of the bottle and served chilled has dispelled the overt fruit from earlier and allowed a little more of the savoury undertones to show. Better, but still not 2015."
Dr Philip Dodd (30-May-2019)
"This was my review of the previous vintage which I bought in bulk:
"Staggeringly good for the price. Lightly coloured but wonderful intense mouthful. Not unlike a good old world Pinot. Best £5 spent this year."
This, sadly, is not a patch on the 2015 vintage. Yes, a light cranberry fruit wine, but none of the complexity, tannin and mouthfeel of the previous vintage. Oh well, can't win them all.
Dr Philip Dodd (28-May-2019)
midweekwines.co.uk (7th Nov 2019)
"A great value, floral
South African red that brings us mineral-influenced but medium-bodied
loganberry and red cherry fruit with firm acidity, soft tannin and touches of
herbs, cloves and white pepper. - Brian Elliott"
"This is excellent value, good berry flavour with plenty of depth.
Mr Philip Norris (12-Aug-2016)
"My new found penury has me hunting in the lower price brackets of the Society's List these days, but this light coloured, soft and succulent red would be a staple at any price that I could afford. Stunning at the price."
Mr Peter Weston (12-Aug-2016)
"Fabulous wine, rounded, delicious and exceptional value. I keep coming back to it."
Mr D R E O'Kelly (11-Aug-2016)
"A lovely smooth wine; when you take into account how inexpensive it is, it ticks a lot of boxes."
Dr Anthony J Savage (11-Aug-2016)
"We keep coming back to this one, everyone in the family love it. Strongly recommended"
Mr Martin Reeves (11-Aug-2016)
Mr Christopher N W Sanders (11-Aug-2016)
Mr Mark Hutton (11-Aug-2016)
"I was very excited to try my first Cinsault, especially since it is one of the progenitors of my firm favourite pinotage. Despite the recent popularity of the grape I'd yet to come across it in my searches.
This wine did not disappoint. Fragant and fruity, if a bit sharp on the nose, full bodied, with a lighter red colouring than your regular reds. Some have likened it to a rosé, which to be clear, it is nothing at all like, be it in colouring or flavour. The palette is surprisingly sophisticated for a screw top wine at this price (under £6!!): dry, a bit sour, berries with a pinch of spice.
I'll definitely be ordering this again! (and might be inspired to go looking for that Cinsault from Waterkloof, (which is a fantastic winery)).
Mr Leon Hersalek (09-Aug-2016)
"In this wine the producers of Percheron are once again making a rather powerful statement of what can be achieved within this price bracket. Similarly to their delightful Syrah-Mouverdre wine also sold by the WS, this has the refinement of a wine of a greater price.
This is a lovely introduction to the maligned Cinsault; crunchy, bright red and cherry fruits which are refreshingly sour but are not astringent on the palate. The wine is rich, generous and forceful.Forced to choose I'd probably still prefer the Syrah-Mouverdre which represents a taste profile more in line with my own. However like that wine, this is high quality and unbelievable value."
Mr Aaron Frazer (25-Jul-2016)
"Staggeringly good for the price. Lightly coloured but wonderful intense mouthful. Not unlike a good old world Pinot. Best £5 spent this year."
Dr Philip Dodd (10-Jul-2016)
The Daily Telegraph (1st Oct 2016)
"I'd be very surprised
if this is not in my top five value reds of the year. Lightweight with cherries
and spice, it is ruinously easy to drink. - Hamish Anderson"
The Observer (19th Jun 2016)
"Cinsaut has become a
surprise favourite of the new wave of South African producers. This is a
brilliant place to start an exploration of its many charms: an exuberantly
juicy cherry-berry red and one of the UK’s best-value wines. - David Williams"
"Absolutely excellent value for money. Light, fruity, soft tannins and remarkably drinkable for a wine at this price."
Mr Mike George (11-Jun-2016)
"Drank straight after opening the bottle, gave it no chance to breathe but was lovely. I will drink this instead of a much more expensive Pinot, tastes a little like northern Italian wines with cherry flavours. Very, very pleasant and incredible value. Buying a case next order."
Mr Royston Beale (02-Jun-2016)
"When poured from the bottle the wine appeared very thin in consistency and rather colourless - similar to some pinot noirs. The taste was a surprise, it did remind me of some new world pinots, but with rather more fruit on the nose."
Mr Bryn Jones (20-May-2016)
"This is a lovely wine!
I'm a bit of a stick in the mud.... I've found too many new world wines at the lower price range try too hard and fail in the process. Not the case with this bottle.
The first thing that strikes you is the colour and clarity. Light, cherry red. To the nose it smells intense. I would describe it more as medium body rather than full. I personally wouldn't pair it with some of the dishes mentioned on the site. But what do I know? What I do know is it's a well rounded flexible wine that can be drunk on its own or with food.
My only issue is the strength. I've mentioned this in other reviews, but I don't see why a wine has to be 14.5%. Quite aside from anything else, it means I can't drink as much of it. I think I may be in the minority on this one though. To add balance to this doesn't taste too boozy. But there in lies the danger!
In closing, really glad I have found yet another great, well priced wine from the Wine Society. I have already added more bottles to my next order."
Mr Tom Watts (11-May-2016)
"Couldn't believe how much flavour is packed into such a pale wine. Bursting with crunchy fruit, smooth and very moreish. One to order each month I think."
Mr Jason Mossman (01-Mar-2016)
"Having had a few bad experiences with South African reds in the past, I decided to give this a try based on the reviews it was getting from Wine Society members. Very pale wine in the glass but this wine is bursting with red fruit flavours and develops a slightly unexpected savoury note. A lovely easy drinking red that is just as enjoyable with or without food, that defies it's lowly price tag. This has went some way to restoring my faith in South African reds."
Mr Anthony McKerr (21-Feb-2016)
"Really excellent wine: have bought it several times, following a bottle from 'Bin Ends'. I usually drink it cellar cool, but recently lightly chilled it and served it with a chilli. Worked surprisingly well."
Mr Edward M Chapman (05-Dec-2015)
"A lot better than the colour suggests - a real surprise. We have ordered it several times and never disappointed."
Mr Jack Burnett-Stuart (21-Nov-2015)
"Light strawberries and cream then the acid develops and brings some bigger earthy, rich and savoury notes. It's absolutely lovely, very high quality. I didn't know it was possible to buy a wine that is truly delicious for £5.75. Even at Society prices I'd expect to pay £7/8 for this and I'd still be very happy."
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (16-Oct-2015)
"Huge surprise this. I like my South African reds but didn't think cinsault would offer much at all. Super easy drinking, fantastic with some bbq lamb. Can see it going with any savoury flavours."
Mr Tom Glavina (04-Sep-2015)
"Excellent value wine:it started out as a the-kids-are-bed glass for me and my wife, but the bottle somehow ended up empty. Very easy to drink. Will for sure buy again...and more than the one bottle!! This was the 2014 but I can`t be 100% sure as I've put the empty in the newly emptied black bin...!! Highly recommended."
Mr John Rafferty (18-May-2015)
"2013 vintage (bin end sale) and I'm amazed! This is truly excellent. Light garnet red so I was expecting a provence type rose, however its more akin to a mature chiroubles beaujolais or a light tasmanian pinot noir. Drinking with new season asparagus, hollandaise + poached egg (now that's a challenge for any wine). Very good indeed - only wish I had picked up more bottles in the sale."
Mr Tim Potts (10-Apr-2015)
"Drank this cellar-cool. Fairly high alcohol content but this did not show at all. Surprisingly good, fairly light and easy tasting but enough fruit and very elegant for this price point. Not a stereotypical cheap South African red at all, a bargain at this price, will buy again for drinking this summer."
Mr John N M Richardson (09-Apr-2015)
"Tried this as it came in the taster case, wow what a pleasant surprise. Full of fruit and a really enjoyable, and a little to easy to drink, either with or without food. I am far from an expert but would have no hesitation in buying another case or recommending to friends. Even better after an hour after opening the bottle."
Mr Trevor Doxsey (09-Apr-2015)
"I completely agree with the comments above. This is a fantastic buy. In my experience it benefits greatly from decanting a good couple of hours before serving. That said, it is also delicious straight away!"
Mr Paul Smith (20-Feb-2015)
"There will be a lot of Wine Society members who will pass this by, a cinsault from South Africa for under £6. They will be healthily sceptical that anything interesting can come under £6; cinsault isn't exactly a draw; and South African reds aren't altogether reliable, with that frequent hint of burnt rubber. I would have ignored it too if it hadn't popped up in a random tasting I attended. It was by a mile the best of the other wines on offer (all ranged between £5 and £12). I bet not even a MW would pick it out in a blind tasting. It's pale coloured, yet alcoholically rich and yet not at all heavy. It's only after the second glass that you notice it's a bit stronger than normal. Very drinkable, fruity as befits a grape that often goes into rose. but also interesting earthy notes in the background.
I don't know how it's under £6: that must be a trick of The Society buyers. I would have expected this to come in at around a tenner. For £6, why not try one bottle and then see if it hasn't tickled your fancy? Amazing value, but not just good value: a really nice, interesting wine of itself. NB This review is based on the 2013 vintage but I'm pretty certain the same qualities will hold."
Rev Robert Stanier (15-Feb-2015)
The Observer (24th Apr 2016)
you’re looking for lighter reds that might fit in with spring-like moods and
food, the heat and dust in the heart of South Africa’s winelands may not seem
the most obvious place to start your search. But the Cape’s winemakers are
working with a much wider stylistic palette these days. Old vines of the
previously unloved southern French variety cinsaut, for example, are now
behind some notably juicier, fresher styles ... one of the UK’s best-value
spring-into-summer reds, with its whiff of pretty red berries and cherries
"I have tried a few of the Society's least expensive wines and to date, this is by far my favourite. Good light red that would suit a large variety of foods - I have just enjoyed some with hot smoked salmon and it was an excellent combination. I also agree with other comments that this would be very good chilled as a summer wine. To my taste, much better and more interesting than most rose wines and it will be on my buying list for next summer."
Mr Peter Holpin (11-Dec-2014)
"As mentioned by a previous member, this wine has a very light colour (much lighter than Pinot noir), somewhere between a red and a rose which I wasn't expecting. It has quite a light fresh taste with a bit of fruit however seems to still have structure, quite drinkable with or without food, I can see how this wine might work well chilled - perhaps treat this wine like a rose but with added body."
Mr David Mitchell (26-Nov-2014)
"Never had a Cinsault before so got a bit of a surprise when first poured, very light colour! We followed the professors advice below, decanted it and held it back for the cheese course. It had really opened up after a couple of hours and all those red fruits people talk about appeared. Also understand what people are saying about this working chilled, will have it on the list for next summer."
Mr Seumas Grey (24-Nov-2014)
"Without doubt the nastiest wine I've bought from the Society. Pink, thin, sweet. Would think twice about cooking with it."
Mr Ian Gore (23-Nov-2014)
"Our first pure cinsault. Recommended by Observer wine writer at price of £6.50. Initial shock/horror at garish colour evaporates once wine is in decanter or glass. Strawberry/raspberry nose. Palate seems inert if wine's not given time and is frequently described as 'earthy', which it sometimes is. Initially, fruit seems pretty sweet and one could imagine one was drinking a sweetish rose. Becomes quite dry and one could imagine an affinity (illegitimate, of course) with pinot noir. Beguiling wine at very good price, best served (we think) cool and decanted, which it certainly takes."
Professor John L Moles (07-Oct-2014)
"A classic new world fruity wine. An interesting light purple colour which I have never seen before. Enough body without being too heavy, very enjoyable and great value."
Mr Craig Owen (16-Aug-2014)
"One of the best wines for the ludicrously low cost. It needs a few mins to open up, it feels quite angular and tight when drunk immediately after opening. Once it's relaxed though, it's a very reasonable, fruity, earthy red."
Mr Matt Brown (21-Jul-2014)
"New to The Wine Society, I have been trying the under £6 cases of red and white. I am enjoying this simple, fresh red. Especially chilled. Very good value, it seems to me."
Mr Anthony Lawton (21-Jun-2014)
"I thought I would give this wine a try, being a lover of south african reds. Wine produced in South Africa but bottled in France. Not sure how it is transported in bulk for bottling. From my shipping days I have know wine to be transported ocean tanker!! However a little sceptical on receipt as it is a very light colour or as i would describe as thin. I found that if you opened the bottle and let it breath for a while it is really pleasant to the palate. Light and fruity with an earthy edge. Not to everyone's taste but I like Pinotage and this is a thinner version."
Mr Charles Smiles (30-May-2014)
The Mail on Sunday (12th Oct 2014)
"A total steal for a
light-bodied sleek red to send your palate soaring. - Olly Smith"
"For a light red, The
Wine Society deserve a collective knighthood for offering [this] for £5.95.
Light and tangy, it’s a cracking party wine. - Olly Smith"
The Lady (18th Jul 2014)
"A very pale red, this
has to be the most adaptable wine of the year. Serve it cool and it’s great
with lighter meats, serve it cold and it’s a particularly good rosé. One word
of warning, it’s 15% so don’t give too many glasses to Granny. - Henry Jeffreys"
"Easy drinking, but a very thin wine. Don't think I would buy again."
Mr Michael Blanchard (22-Mar-2014)
"One of the easiest drinking bottles of red out there - can easily be drunk on it's own but it also has the legs and hardiness to stand up to the toughest of foods. Excellent with real BBQ or fire-charred red meats. At under £6 it's a bargain and swaggers itself like a £10 bottle. I first bought this label elsewhere a couple of years ago at £8 and I thought it was a bargain back then."
Mr John Dryburgh (15-Feb-2014)
"In my view along with Domaine Labourie this is one of the best under £6. A real find."
Mr Peter St Lawrence (18-Jan-2014)
"Smooth big and fruity, lovely new world wine which is exceptional value. Excellent!"
Mr Craig Owen (11-Jan-2014)
"Really enjoyable, light-medium bodied wine, heaps of sour cherries and a pleasing finish, an absolute bargain."
Mr Asa Joseph (15-Dec-2013)
"An excellent, easy drinking red that is bigger than its very reasonable price tag. Goes well with most food, not too heavy that it drowns the flavour but stands up to even red meat well."
Miss Diana Braddock (02-Dec-2013)
"Always look for one bottle of something a bit different when I'm ordering. This was it in my last order and what a delightful wine it was. Complimented my steak beautifully. Will be back for more."
Mr John West (06-Aug-2013)
The Times (22nd Jun 2013)
"Don’t just shop at the Wine Society for swanky bottles: this gutsy red, made from very old vines, delivers a hefty 14.5 per cent wallop plus excellent earthy, inky, baked plum fruit. - Jane MacQuitty"
"Fantastic early evening mid week drinking red"
Mr Christopher Gill (06-Jun-2013)
"Have just bought a case of this wine as testament to our enjoyment. Great value and very easy drinking."
Mrs Sheila G Woods (16-May-2013)
"Decanting three bottles for a dinner party, initial reaction of one sophisticated octogenarian was ‘Oh, not to my liking’ and there was overall dismay at the thinness of colour, and then first palate was almost to conjure up a ‘Lambrusco slight fizz’. The paleness belies the 14.5% so one tended to quaff rather than sip & savour – hence a headache the next morning! Sorry Wine Society, we were a lot happier with the Christmas Survival Kit and a case of Lascar Merlot!"
"Whilst the colour is light it packs a terrific punch for £5.75, excellent value for money."
Mr James Paterson (09-Apr-2013)
"Very light and a disappointment. The shiraz/mouvedre is much better."
Dr L S Illis (21-Feb-2013)
"This is a very smooth wine, spicy taste, lighter in colour than I would anticipate, but quite delicious and very good value. Joanna Locke has come up trumps again searching in the Western Cape!!! Well done. My son who lives in Stellenbosch is home next week so I will see what he has to say about it."
Mr Richard F Lloyd (04-Oct-2012)
"I agree with the previous comment. Yes this wine is surprising light in colour, which makes the high alcohol content (14.5 ) a little surprising for what, initially, looks like a good, standard gluggable wine. Not much bouquet, and the flavours do take a little while to smooth out after opening. However, still not bad value for the price."
Mr Alan Sleator (28-Sep-2012)
"This is very light in colour - quite unappealing to the eye, in fact - and rather disappointing. Your illustration promoting it makes it look an attractive dark red, so it is rather misleading. The equivalent shiraz/ mourvedre is a much nicer wine at the same price."
Mr John Jarvis (05-Sep-2012)
"I'll keep this brief. This is a very enjoyable commercial style of wine kind of like a supercharged Cotes du Rhone with the crushed raspberry flavours turned up to 11. What it lacks in comparison to a really good CDR is the element of restraint and food-friendliness but for the price it's a characterful drop."
Mr Richard Holmes (10-Nov-2011)
"Interesting comments from previous commentator. We also are working our way through a case. We would say: burnt rubber nose, almost gamay-like lead-in, sweetish fruit, attractive tension between sweet-dark fruit and follow-through porosity. Does that make sense? We think it's very attractive and very good value."
Mr John L Moles (07-Nov-2011)
"This is an attractive, fruity, upfront and approachable wine. But personally I would not use the words meaty, smoky or dark to describe it. For me it has a lighter texture more akin to a Loire red or a beaujolais. If you like those, or a red pinot noir, I expect you will like this too. If you prefer Bordeaux or Southern French reds, as I do, you may find this a bit lacking in oomph, for all its 14% alcohol."
Jeremy Whitmarsh Esq (05-Nov-2011)
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