Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Rustenberg Ida's Red Stellenbosch 2011 86 Points
Clear, bright, ruby red with purple rim, medium plus concentration and high viscosity.
Clean, high intensity, lifted aromatics, dark plums, blackberries, cassis, blackcurrant, earthy layers, graphite dust, deliactely oaked, possibly lareg percentage of old barrels, layered dark red fruits, seductive.
Dry (actually drier than the nose may otherwise suggest, with medium plus acidity, fresh, elegant, savoury black olives, pure an delicate red fruits, perfect extractions, medium plus alcohol (13.5%), medium plus ripe tannins, giving a firm but gentle grip, crunchy, some toast on texture, very well structured, vibrant, medium lenght and medium complexity.
A blend of Stellenbosch grown Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, perfect now but may be kept up to 2018
Well price, possible good consideration for wine lists at mid price offerings!