The High Road, the négociant operation with winemaking facilities in the Bosman’s Crossing mixed-use development in Stellenbosch has just released its 2011 vintages. As with previous vintages these are likeable if not super-complex.
The High Road Classique 2011
58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. 12 months in second-fill French oak. Red and black berries, subtle herbal note and a touch of oak spice. Ripe but not too ripe fruit, gentle acidity and soft tannins. Already very approachable.
The High Road Director’s Reserve 2011
57 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 27 % Merlot, 13 % Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 16 months in French oak, 100% new. Black fruit, dried herbs and oak spice. Full but balanced, moderate acidity and fine tannins. Admirably not over-worked but short on detail given the price.