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.