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.