During dinner on Friday night at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel’s The Greenhouse Restaurant to mark the start of the third annual Constantia Fresh festival, the 2008 vintage of the property’s Bordeaux style red blend Verreaux was served next to Chateau Croix de Labrie Saint-Emilion 2007 and Chateau L’Eglise Clinet Pomerol 2007 (the wines accompanying a dish of roast duck breast, confit of duck leg, cepe mushroom cream, late summer berries and lentils).
The Verreaux is Merlot-driven but includes small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and was matured for 16 months in a combination of first-, second- and third-fill barrels (price: R145 a bottle). What impressed was the pure, succulent fruit on this wine. This, in addition to it being medium- rather than full-bodied and not overly tannic, makes it ridiculously more-ish. Out of the three wines on show, the L’Eglise Clinet probably just shaded it by virtue of having more complexity and structure while the Brettanomyces character on the Croix de Labrie was so severe as to make it undrinkable, at least for me.
Footnote: a big note of thanks to members-only chauffeur service Good Fellas for getting me home safely.