Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Raka Klein River Quinary 2006 85+ Points

Clear, bright, garnet with brown hue towards rime, indicates evolution, medium plus concentration and medium plus viscosity.

Clean, showing maturity with tertiary character, high pyrazine dominant with leafy Cabernet herbaceous note, then ripe blackcurrant, blueberries in spirits, cassis, minty iron balsamic note, peppery, earthy, generously oaked, lending cigar box, sandalwood, lead pencil and crayon shavings.

Dry with medium plus acidity, structured mouthfeels, palate structured actually feels fresher and younger than nose may otherwise suggest, juicy with none of the leafy / high pyrazine initially perceived, savory, ripe medium tannins, the high alcohol (14%) is fully integrated, rich and full, showing fine maturity, harmonious, persistent long lenght, drinking beautifully now with fruit to hold up to 2017.

Blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 7% Petit Verdot, 100% Klein River ward wine of origin (Cape South Coast)