Friday, July 27, 2012

Blaauwklippen Vineyards Stellenbosch Zinfandel 2006 90 Points

Clear, garnet showing evolution with slight brown rim.

Clean, high intensity in between secondary and tertiary phase of developement, stewed plums, blackberries, dark cherries, almond husk, black tea leaf, earthy, cherry pip, oak integrated lending a spicy profile with cedar and vanilla note, alcohol noticeable.

Dry still very fresh and vibrant, medium plus acidity, moderate plus tannin starting to dry out, black olives, dry mediterranean herbs, savory, tangy, very good development for a 6 years old Stellenbosch Zin! however it should be mentioned the alcohol is very high (14.5) and is noticeable through back palate and chest burn, this will give extra maturation leg until 2017,nevertheless it is an exciting wine, will work with meat stews in rich gravy.