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Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013

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House red.
House red.

There were a few eyebrows raised when the R79-a-bottle Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013 won not only best in class but also best red wine overall at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, emerging ahead of some pretty big names.

So what’s the deal? Grapes were sourced predominantly from Cape Agulhas; maturation lasted 12 months in 70% French and 30% American oak, no indication of how much was new.

The wine shows some not unpleasant reduction before red berries and white pepper. It’s medium bodied with good freshness and fine tannins. Respectable in the sense that it doesn’t pander to lowest common denominator tastes being neither sweet nor manipulated to show chocolate/coffee flavour. Very appealing in fact but ultimately short of gravitas – in trying to avoid falling for power and weight, panels sometimes err by going too far the other way.

Score: 89/100.

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