Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2003 Gary Player “Major Championship Series” Muirfield 1953 87+

2003 Gary Player “Major Championship Series”
Muirfield 1953 87+

This maiden release from Gary Player, one of the world’s greatest Golf legends is simply a fantastic Cape Blend style of 38 % Merlot, 31 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 % Pinotage & 8 % Shiraz, made by Carl Van Der Merwe, of Quoin Rock winery in Simonsberg ward, Stellenbosch.
My first impression of the label and bottle presentation is the Mouton Rothschild look alike presentation............

Deep ruby cherry red. Forthcoming fragrant aromas of ripe blackcurrant, cassis, dark chocolate and cedar, complex, touch earthy, multi dimensional expressive and characterful.
Rich, Christmas fruitcake like palate intensity, mouth filling, ripe tannins structure lends a complex and savoury character, juicy and touch salty minerality, impressive mid palate depth and very very good length, sour plum notes lends freshness and elegance.

The concentration of fruit and solar ripeness gives this maiden vintage a feel of Spanish reds from Rioja regions, though it’s a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinotage, this blend will drink well from now with decanting / aerating and until 2013.

Total production of the 2003 vintage, 30000 bottles, excellent value at +/- R 300 bottle retail

Tasted between Friday 5th & Monday 8th December 2008, to accurately analyse evolution with oxidation.

28 days wet aged, wood fired pan seared Certified South African Angus beef fillet, with intense shitake mushroom, black wooden ears and jus corsé enhanced with black truffle shavings and medley of roasted root vegetables, of baby organic carrot, beetroot and turnips.