Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dr Charles Niehaus Roodeberg 2010 94 Points

Clear, ruby red with purple rim, clean with medium intensity, perfectly ripe pure red fruits such as cherries, cassis and blackcurrant, graphite mineral, hints of cedary character, mint, spicy, generous, yet restraint at the same time, striking purity and seamlessness for a red blend, not a single variety come to mind as the integration is total.

Dry, very fresh, natural acidity, crucnhy ripe yet sily tannins, focus with so much energy for a red blend, savoury black olives note, juicy salty plums, complex layers with a broad texture, delicate and precise extraction, "kind of walking on a tight rope at 700 m altitude with no harness"!, elegant, suave, impressive wood complexity, hints of vanilla and cedar wood on farewell. It should be noted that the alcohol is high (14) but totally integrated, unnoticeable.

Persistent and long, perfect now, but have so much stamina for at least 8 years, now until 2024+
Maiden vintage of the flagship Roodeberg within KWV portfolio, a highly successful brand with loyal followers locally and internationally, a Western Cape red blend as a tribute to     Dr Charles Niehaus who pioneered the original Roodeberg blend in 1949.

Impressive X Factor, a MUST buy by all means and every fans of Roodeberg should at least try a bottle