Bilton Sir Percy Classic Blend 2006

January 16, 2012
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 0 Comments

Arise, Sir Percy!

What to make of Bilton in Stellenbosch? The Bilton 2006, a straight Cab which underwent 500% new oak and got priced at R3 000 a bottle ultimately seemed excessively attention seeking no matter the merits of the wine (see here) and none of the property’s other wines haven’t really captured the imagination to date.

I therefore broached the Sir Percy Classic Blend 2006 (a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot, 22 months in French, American and Hungarian oak) with no great expectations.

The wine, made in honour of the Bilton patriarch, the late grandfather of current owner Mark Bilton, is obviously intended to be taken seriously (the price is a not insubstantial R170 a bottle) but hopelessly cheesy packaging (“Sir Percy” in a generic cursive font and a die-cut label featuring a bird of prey perched on a shield above the motto “Experience) didn’t help.

In the end, it proved surprisingly fine.  Great fruit intensity, moderate acidity, soft but not slippery tannins (score: 16/20). Drinking well now, I thought it was as good as most of its ilk and worth seeking out.

Tagged ,

Share this post

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


AEC v1.0.4
  • No upcoming events
AEC v1.0.4
newlstter2 Get the biggest stories of the past fortnight sent directly to your inbox. subscribe

Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 & now lives on in digital form as We cover everything to do with SA fine wine.

XSLT Plugin by Leo Jiang