Thursday, July 29, 2010

Kanonkop Kadette Red Meritage'08, South Africa

This complex wine might surprised more than one consumers for its boldness and rich flavors but it is considers a very classic style meritage in the Stellenbosch region in South Africa.

Technical Data: 45% Pinotage, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Aged 6 months on oak.

Description: Ruby red color. Fruity aromas of ripe black cherries layered with spice, herbs and tobacco. The wine is full-bodied and surprisingly complex, displaying a wide array of elegant flavors mingled together, from red berries and ripe cherries to spices, cedar, tobacco and toast, all and all very pleasing. Supple velvety tannins with a clean long lasting finish.

Food Pairing & Service: This wine will benefit to being open about 10 to 15 minutes prior consumption, served at room temperature. Will accompany well a chili bowl or anything with beef or pork. Will also delight you with hearty pasta dishes or a slice of pizza.

Score: 7/10.

Ageing Potential: Up to 8 years. Can definitely age but try it out now as well and you'll like it all the same!

Price as seen on MD shelf: $14.99

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