Friday, December 28, 2012

Grangehurst Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2003 92+ Points

Clear, garnet with hints of mahogany towards the rim, color holding well.

Clean, medium plus intensity, showing just a hint of tertiary character, but still lots of vibrant red fruit in the background, will probably hold another + /- 3 years, very Medoc like with stewed blackcurrant and cassis in spirits, tobacco, cedar wood, earthy complexity.

Dry with loads of saturated red fruits,holding very well, savoury black olivey note, fresh and lively with moderate plus acidity, moderate tannin, somewhat creamy in profile, full bodied with high alcohol (14) in the background well integrated, long and persistent, this is testament of a top quality Cape Bordeaux style blend, maturing gracefully with no sign of tiring yet for a 10 year old wine, drinking probably at its peak now, but should hold/plateau for another +/- 3 years.