Tasting Note – “The Left Bank”

This is a South African blend I picked up a few weeks ago.  The proportions show an Australian influence – it’s 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz, and 6% Cinsault.

The Left Bank (2013) Western Cape, South Africa – $14

Color: very dark, purple-black.

Aroma: black currant, blackberry, brambles, a hint of licorice.

Taste: chewy up front, with lots of black fruit; more more tannin and acidity on the finish.  Interesting.  With food (spicy steak lettuce wraps) it stands up nicely to the pepper.  I’d like to try this with barbecue – compare to red Zinfandel and Petite Syrah.

Quite nice – grab a bottle if you see it.



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