Saturday, May 19, 2012

KWV Classic Collection Western Cape Tawny Dessert Wine 93 Points

Clear, bright, bronze with garnet rim, medium plus concentration, high viscosity.

Clean, high intensity, showing maturity of a tawny with captivating notes of tamarind, raisin, prune, nutty complexity, earthy, dried strawberry,oxidative large old wood influence,  tobacco ash, complex and layered.

Sweet yet fresh and well offset by medium plus acidity, mature note follows though, as it would be expected the alcohol is high for this style of wine (17.5%), but seamlessly integrated, actually the alcohol is lower than most local fortified style wine, medium plus persistent lenght and complexity.

An average of 8 to 10 years, impressive value considering the trade price of under R 70, perfect candidate for "Port style" by the glass, at this time of the year, winter have arrived, great on it's own, as an aperitifs with salty nuts, or simply at the end of a meal with blue vein cheese platter or mild chocolate base dessert.

Under EU law, South Africa is not allowed to use the word Port anymore, since the beginning of 2012 on fortified wines made in similar style, however under agreement with EU, South Africa is still allowed to use the denomination of Ruby, Tawny, Vintage and LBV, with the adjoining "Cape" prefix at the beginning.

Nevertheless, South Africa have always been very strong in producing very high quality "Port style" wines over decades, and is amongst of the world's best secret, fortified wines.

The major Douro red varieties, use in Port production are the base material for the local productions.