The Gentle Giant 2009 from Haut Espoir in Franschhoek might have been an entrant in the RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends (results to be announced on 5 August) but for the fact that in addition to 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 23% Petit Verdot and 5% Cab Franc, it contains 9% Tannat a red wine grape historically grown in South West France but in the Madiran AOC rather than Bordeaux.
At R80 a bottle, it offers terrific quality relative to price. On the nose, red and black fruit, violets and an attractive herbal quality. It’s medium- to full-bodied, sweet-fruited on entry but also possessing fine, spicy tannins. Ready to drink now.