Monday, May 21, 2012
KWV The Mentors Western Cape Orchestra 2010 93 Points
Medium clear, bright, ruby red with purple rim, medium plus concentration, high viscosity.
Clean, high intensity, perfume, lifted ripe blackcurrant, cassis liqueur and blueberries, stony almost gravelly, very Medoc / St Estephe like, toasty vanilla, hints of leather, iron complexity, subtle toast, cedar, tobacco/cedar.
Dry, with medium plus acidity, fresh and lively, so much energy for a Bordeaux style blends, yet impressive purity, oak is supportive, integrated with the delicate and juicy savory red fruits medley, ripe medium tannin, crunchy, very long lenght and elegant.
Another Tour de Force by Richard Rowe, and KWV, this follows onto the stellar 2009, Orchestra in it's short history, is arguably one of SA and New World very top Bordeaux style blends, and over delivers on its price point.
Sexy bottle to have on a wine list, drinking well now, yet have the stamina to last up to 2024+.
Total production 10000 bottles.
A blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, fruit sourced from 3 vineyards, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Bot River, with a yield between 5 to 8 tons depending on variety.
Harvested in April, the upbringing was for 16 months on new French oak barrels.