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Durbanville Hills The Tangram 2012

June 22, 2016
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
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Durbanville Hills The Tangram 2012

Brain teaser.

Durbanville Hills Wines has launched The Tangram 2012, a Bordeaux-style red blend, total production amounting to 1 659 bottles and set to sell for R875.  Supposedly under construction since the cellar’s first ever vintage in 1999, it’s a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new.

Are they on target? The nose suggests a wine not to be trifled with: Red and black fruit, some herbal character, sea breeze, a little meatiness and cigar box. The palate is dense and rich with fresh acidity and firm, chewy tannins. It’s old fashioned and rather chunky (it would be unkind to call it “dikvoet”) but not entirely unsatisfying.

#WinemagRating: 90/100.

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