Monday, May 25, 2009

2003 Vrede en Lust Classic 88 - 90 Points

2003 Vrede en Lust Classic 88 – 90 Points

Deep dark ruby red, high concentration, slight purple rim.

Ripe, cassis, earthy notes of sun dried currants, old leather, cedary, and fragrant lead pencil, dark chocolate, very ripe sweet rolling tannins, powerful structure, expansive, lush texture, dry, warming finished.

Blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, spiced up with smidgeon of Petit Verdot and Malbec.

This is a winery to followed as not only their Bordeaux style blend, have personality and purity of fruit, but their subtly wooded Chardonnay, known as Marguerite, is simply stunning and indeed confirms that the stretch of Paarl / Klapmuts / Simonsberg, have produced over the years stunning chardonnay’s fruit, to support my evidence, think of Plaisir de Merle, Backsberg Babylontoren, both Glen Carlou’s, for both Chardonnay's and Bordeaux Style Blends.

If there is one wine that does not do well in that area, and consumer and wine connoisseurs alike, need to be aware, is Sauvignon Blanc, simply too warm, to produce anything of note.

There will definitely be more coverage of that area, as I have more time on hand this winter to taste through, what this ward have to offer.

TOMATO CATERING suggest with the 2003 classic :

Lamb Navarin served with Pommes Boulangere

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