De Trafford reds are built like Lamborghini builds its cars was the analogy that came to mind on opening a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 from this Stellenbosch cellar over the weekend. 15% abv but the supercar-like specs don’t stop there. Included in the blend was 6% Merlot and 5% Roobernet (as you do) and the wine was matured for 22 months in barrel, 35% new French and 5% new American (as you do). RS 1.8g/l, TA 5.3g/l and pH 3.7.
It was a great bottle with super-concentrated, ultra-ripe dark fruit, licorice and tar but also the vaguest hint of herbaceousness. Rich and full but nothing out of proportion – the fruit still remarkably primary, the tannins still firm and forceful. Fresh, focused and long. You wouldn’t want to drink it every day but then again you wouldn’t take the Gallardo to do the school run.