Thursday, July 26, 2012
KWV Cathedral Cellar Western Cape Shiraz 2009 93 Points
Medium clear, bright, vibrant ruby red with purple rim, clean, high intensity of ripe red fruits, dark plums, blackberries, hints of cassis, black pepper, earthy, stony minerals, spicy oak subtly integrated, tobacco, rosemary flowers, savoury black olives, complex and layered.
Dry with medium plus acidity, vibrant, fresh and precise with lots of energy, intense, savoury, tapenade, with moderate tannins, lending a firm and ripe structure, salty minerals, Nori sheet, spicy, racy structure, delicate extraction, the alcohol is high (14) but fully integrated, persisted and long lenght, best from 2015 until 2022+
One of the Top Echelon Shiraz in South Africa and the New World, fine Northern Rhone profiling, very well price too.