Monday, November 16, 2009

2004 Marianne Estate Floreal 81 Points

Marianne Estate Floreal 2004 81 Points

Overripe and porty, dry tannins, juicy and spicy, naturally fermented, blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz, 16 months in new oak, whopping 15.8 alc/vol, now with your richest stews of venison.
Made from Simonberg grown fruit in Stellenbosch, this is a prime example of Bordeaux winemakers trying to emulate New World style, but got everything wrong in terms of hanging time, as this is close to rocket fuel than anything else, the wine was mark up for it's fruit concentration and purity, but forbids higher rating because the alcohol level is totaly out of balance, as well as the over oaking component, which literally kills the enjoyment of what could have been otherwise a fine wine.
enjoy until 2014