Jordan Cobblers Hill 2005

August 10, 2012
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 2 Comments

Well appointed.

There was some cheap drama a while ago when it emerged that Jordan Cobblers Hill 2005 labeled for the Woolworths Classic range which was rated 5 Stars in the 2010 edition of Platter’s was the same bottling which received 4½ Stars when the estate’s wines were reviewed the year before. Two different tasters encounter the same wine a full 12 months apart and only half a star in it? No real controversy if you ask me.

Opened a bottle last night to see how this wine is tracking and I have to say it’s a tough call deciding whether or not this wine qualifies as “Superlative. A South African classic” (the definition of 5 Stars in Platter’s) or falls just short.

It’s a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc and spent 26 months in French oak. Alcohol by volume is 15% and make no mistake this is a big wine but one that does not sacrifice all finesse – there’s no dead fruit and no over-extraction. In fact, the wine is very polished as you would expect from this Stellenbosch cellar. Entirely appealing oak-derived chocolate and vanilla notes to go with sumptuous fruit.  Tannins, meanwhile, are smooth but not slippery and acidity about adequate. I guess it’s a wine you’re supposed to luxuriate in rather than intellectually engage with and ultimately I’d score it 17/20.

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  1. Shane GordonAugust 16, 2012 at 2:59 pmReply

    Sadly my experience of all Jordan’s top echelon of wines has been that they promise much in youth but fade faster than expected or desired.

  2. KwispedoorAugust 10, 2012 at 8:50 amReply

    Something happened there in 2005/2006. From the 2006 vintage their wines were better across the board with earlier harvesting contributing in a big way. Their 2006 CWG Sophia was a real stunner, but even the Chameleon range offers proper quality now (though I haven’t tasted the newest releases yet).    

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