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Thursday 26 April 2012

A.Retief Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Malbec 2008

The shy older brother compared to the 2009.  It needed a full day in a decanter for the aromatics to sing - and day two saw a wine much more expressive, perfumed, floral than it first appeared on opening. 

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Petit Verdot (30%) and Malbec (10%) - a good 'Bordeaux' blend, blends no doubt familiar to the winemaker from time spent with Chateau Lagarde.  In the mouth it's medium bodied, well balanced - with grainy mouth-coating tannin creeping up on you.  Smoky and cedary, some requisite Cabernet leaf and tobacco character alluding to the 60% Cabernet Sauvignon.  

The tannin provides length, berry elements bring themselves into the equation too, and a fair length it is: some 30-60 seconds of cedary, leafy, tobacco notes staying in the mouth.  The Cabernet and Malbec working in unison to create this effect; smooth, powerful, flow - balance and drive.  Just give it some time.  92 - Very Good.
Source: Sample
Price: $28


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