Back when “big wines” were still better, the 2005 was much touted for Stellenbosch reds but many quickly ran out of puff. A recent bottle of the Peter Barlow, flagship single-variety Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch property Rustenberg, closed under screwcap was impressive, however.
A archetypal nose of cassis, oystershell, tobacco and tomato cocktail. The palate, meanwhile, was full but balanced – pure fruit, a good line of acidity and wonderfully powdery tannins. The wine has an alcohol by volume of 14.82% but this does not jar unduly, although there’s no mistaking the overall power of the wine. It drank very well and there was a definite sense of it being able to mature with benefit for a long time still to come.