Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons Western Cape Classique 2008 82+ Points
Medium clear, cherry red with russet rim, opaque.
Clean with medium plus intensity, ripe canned tomato, blackcurrant, cassis, minty blueberry note, earthy, sweet preserved plums, super ripe fruit, smoky, oaky but balance with cedar wood and pencil shavings.
Closer to off dry rather than a dry red wine, new flavours of licorice with persistent and concentrated red fruits as initially perceived, massage tannins, beefed up / rounded by rather high residual sugar (RS) +/- 3.5 g / l? low acidity, medium plus alcohol touch out of sync, short finish, medium complexity, now until 2017.
Good for home drinking, but from experience I would not recommend for off trade wine listing, due to low acidity hence lacking freshness and way too sweet as Residual sugar is highly perceptible.
Perfect with home grown vine ripen cherry tomato, chives feta, al dente Penne and grilled slivers of chicken fillet, served at 12 degrees Celsius if poured under South African climate condition