Nederburg Baronne 2011

By the numbers.

By the numbers.

Courtesy of Nederburg, a bottle of red blend Baronne 2011 along with the new David Bowie CD “The Next Day” on the basis that the maiden vintage of Baronne was 1973, around the same time that Bowie began making waves.

The release of “The Next Day” is one of the biggest music stories of the year but the new Baronne (recommended retail price: R47 a bottle) is unfortunately not the wine equivalent. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, there’s a pronounced reductive note on the nose while the palate shows red and black fruit, moderate acidity and very little tannic grip to speak of. Technically correct but all a bit soul-less.

Score: 82/100.

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  1. HarryMay 3, 2013 at 12:03 pmReply

    Hahahaha. You were lucky and got a CD. All I got was this PR drivel. I am adding it to my list of most nonsensical PR writing in Wine (obviously a future best-seller)

    “Born in 1973, Baronne shares a birthday with a number of enduring favourites. Think of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon; glam rock artist David Bowie’s movie of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; more mainstream movies like The Sting, The Exorcist, Last Tango in Paris (banned in South Africa at the time) and American Graffiti. At the time, people were reading Jaws by Peter Benchley, Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying, The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon and Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.

    Even Roberta Flack’s Killing me Softly with his Song, that you still hear played in malls and family diners after four decades is of the same vintage as the original Baronne.

    Back in the day, when Baronne was first made, Vivienne Westwood was making a name for herself in fashion, while all over the world, less daring women were wearing platform shoes, wrap dresses, crop tops and frayed jeans.”

    Well, they pushed that point home. It’s been around since 1973.

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