Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond might date no further back than the maiden 1998 vintage but this Bordeaux-style red blend is shaping up as South Africa’s best. The 2005 last night proved excellent , more savoury than sweet and showing balance and finesse. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it spent 18 months in 100% new oak. Alcohol by volume of only 13.5%, which serves the wine well and poses the question as to why so many other wineries can’t manage this. The current-vintate 2008 vintage goes for R330 a bottle so not exactly “braai wine”.