Origin: Western Cape Wine of Origin, South Africa
Taste guide: Medium bodied, ripe red berry fruit flavours, light oaking
75cl - screwcap - 13.5%
Drostdy Hof Cape Red is a superb blend of Shiraz (45%) and Merlot (40%), with 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Ruby Cabernet added. The grapes were hand harvested from bush vines and low-trellised vineyards in the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Worcester areas of the Western Cape. Ranging in age between 12 and 27 years, and situated at 50 m to 150 m above sea level, the vines are grown in soils varying from decomposed granite to Kroonstad soil.
The grapes were separately vinified with the juice being fermented on the skins for an average of four days and then pressed. Upon completion of malolactic fermentation, 20% of the wine was matured in stainless steel tanks with French and American oak before the final back blending.
The resultant wine is deep ruby red in colour, with a fresh and fruity nose, redolent of blackberries, blackcurrant and damson and soft oak spice. The palate is medium-bodied, with lovely red berry and ripe fruit flavours that are well-integrated with the very subtle, spicy tannins. This is a very easy drinking, yet complex and characterful wine.
Mainly supplied to the restaurant trade but offered on other internet sites at prices well above £9.00
Binendwines' price is just £5.95.