From Swartand Cinsault. Eben Sadie is a strong advocate of the potential greatness of this variety under South African conditions and in the case of his Pofadder 2016, you start to see why. The nose shows a particular poached pear quality as well as black cherry with notes of lavender, earth and spice in the background. On the palate, lovely fruit concentration, lemon-like acidity and fine tannins. The finish meanwhile is long and dry in a way rarely achieved in South Africa – grippy but not astringent making the wine extraordinarily food-friendly and very more-ish. Benchmark stuff. Approximate retail price: R280 a bottle.
Editor’s rating; 94/100.
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