Friday, March 9, 2012

KWV Cathedral Cellar Triptych Western Cape 2009 91 Points

Clear, bright, dark ruby red with purple rim.

Clean, high intensity, perfumed, ripe blackcurrant, cassis liqueurs, blackberry jam, dark red fruit, leafy Cabernet  (positive) earthy, dark stone mineral, graphite, generously oaked but well integrated, lending toast, dark chocolate ganache, smoky, complex layers with excellent purity of fruit.

Dry, medium plus acidity, full bodied, medium plus tannins, moderate alcohol of 13.38%, though label indicates 14%, follows through, fresh, elegant crunchy profile, texture much drier than nose may suggest, linear, vibrant with persistent length, embryonic at this stage, will develop very well, especially considering how the pH management in KWV wines since 2009 across the range / brands / style is one of the healthiest in South Africa, this particular vintage have a pH of 3.48, with a total acidity of 6.03 and a residual sugar of 2.44.

Will benefit from +/- 2 hours aeration in decanter, drink well now if you are seeking upfront fruit, but shall keep up until 2020+ and may drink well up to 2028 if cellared properly.

A blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon + 36% Shiraz + 13% Merlot and 12% Tannat, sourced from vineyards in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Western Cape, with a yield of 5.6 t/ha. 16 months in French oak barrels.

This 2009 is much fresher with better oak integration, energetic compare to the 90’s style of Cathedral Cellar Triptych, when it use to be under Kosie Moller at the time, producing some of the oakiest wines of SA back then!