Haut Espoir Gentle Giant 2009

July 20, 2015
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
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Fairytale stuff.

Fairytale stuff.

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.

Score: 90/100.

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