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Beau Constantia Lucca 2012

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Is Beau Constantia set to crack the big time? Situated just off Constantia Nek, it has a tasting room with truly stunning views but views only count for so much. I’m happy to report that the second release of its two ultra-premium reds show an improvement in quality.

Aidan 2012
Price: R212 a bottle
Shiraz dominated but also including Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Matured for 18 months in French oak, 100% new. Closed under screwcap. Prominent but not entirely unattractive oak – vanilla and some chocolate. Ripe berry fruit, moderate acidity and soft tannins. A little leafiness adds interest. Polished in the best sense.

Score: 88/100.

View to a kill.
View to a kill.

Lucca 2012
Price: R212 a bottle
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. Matured for 18 months in French oak, 100% new. Closed under cork. Red fruit, fynbos and violets on the nose. Medium bodied but not short of concentration, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Carries oak well and comes across as pretty and understated.

Score: 90/100.

Mention must also be made of the second-label Pas de Nom Red 2013. Consisting of 48% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, it’s a great entry level Bordeaux-style blend – aromatic on the nose, fruity and fresh on the palate. I scored it 85/100 and with a cellar door price of R95 a bottle, it’s good quality relative to price.

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