Earthy & Spicy
Excellent table wine for everyday. The nose is subtle with hints of berries. The taste is not harsh, but not mild. I enjoyed this selection and ordered more.
Smooth & Supple
Fortunately the wine is nowhere near ugly like it's namesake! The 2007 red blend is an interesting blend of Shiraz and Pinotage along with some Merlot and Mourvedre to make this a compelling red blend to battle the summer doldrums. For those unfamiliar, the Pinotage is South Africa’s signature grape variety that is a cross between two of the most famous grapes of the Burgundy region in France, Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, that typically has a very smoky, earthy flavor. Combining a grape that is a cross of two historic burgundy grapes with Mourvedre, a grape that produces very high tannin, high alcohol wines in the Rhone Valley of France and Merlot, a primary grape used in many Bordeaux could make this a very interesting wine. The wine exhibits a strong nose of cedar, leather, earth and spice. It's velvety on the tongue, with an interesting taste that at first seems quite dry and then bursts with blackberry and smoky pepper flavors, with solid tannins that lead to a long, smooth finish.