I’m exhausted after day 3 of WSET 3… (c’mon! feel sorry for me ); to help me ‘chill out’ the husband opened a bottle of red for me to taste blind. Some chilling out!
Anyway, loooovely nose - perfumed, spicy and peppery, with a sweetness of tobacco and a touch of leather. The palate is a lovely mixture of stewed red fruit, some herbal notes (mint), ripe plum, and mulberry. Very smooth tannins, and a fresh, pleasant acidity on the finish. I thought it was a Rhone blend, which wasn’t too far from the truth (if very far from the Rhone!):
This is Badenhorst’s take on a Rhone blend (Syrah, Grenach and Cinsault), with a 1% Tinta Barroca. A delicious, ripe but well-balanced red, this should go well with some stuffed aubergines.
Early night tonight, methinks!