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Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2012

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I’ve been a big fan of Kloof Street Swartland Rouge from Mullineux Family Wines for some time but I’m inclined to think that the current-release 2012 (R97.50 a bottle from Vino Pronto in Gardens) is a notch down on previous vintages.

Whereas the 2011 was a blend of 72% Syrah,13% Mourvèdre, 11% Cinsault and 4% Carignan, the 2012 sees the Mourvèdre dispensed with and the Syrah coming in at 83%, the Cinsaut at 13% and the Carignan still at 4%.

Fynbos and spice on the nose, red and black berries plus a little of that typical Swartland earthiness on the palate. My problem is that the wine appears quite broad in structure, the fruit not as clearly delineated as it might be despite the wine having a relatively low abv of 13.5%. Hardly unpleasant but not up to the usual high standard of this cellar. Closed under screwcap so presumably not a “dud bottle”.

Score: 85/100.

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