Rupert & Rothschild Western Cape Baron Edmond 2002 83+ Points
Clear, bright russet red with brown rim, medium plus concentration, medium plus viscosity, no evidence of gas, but some fine sediment, noticeable.
Clean, medium plus intensity of tertiary note, dried red stone fruit, cured meat and leafy herbal note, subtle oaking.
Dry, medium plus alcohol and medium plus acidity, not much fruit left, tertiary note of game and leather persistent, medium complexity and lenght.
Blend of Cabernet & Merlot sourced widely, such as Darling, Stellenbosch, Tradouw / Langkloof, Simonsberg - Stellenbosch and Wellington as well as their own Paarl fruit, 17 months in oak
2002 was characterised as one of the most challenging vintages across South Africa it was quite rainy inland but dry to the coastal border, there was a high incidence of downy mildew, and over 98% of reds produce in that year are way past their "drink by date".....only Syrah / Shiraz made in a muscular, new world showy style with very high alcohol 15.5+ ABV seem to have survived, but not the type of wine I will promote / suggest with food pairings.....