As part of an on-going series of benchmark tastings hosted by Klein Constantia, a line-up of wines presented by Hubert de Boüard, co-owner of St-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Class Chateau Angelus and partner in the Klein Constantia-Anwilka joint venture.
According to De Boüard, great wine should be “complex, fresh, interesting, long” but most of all “harmonious”. Among the wines under review, the 2006 and 2007 of Angelus, neither entirely stellar vintages but what impressed was the fruit integrity and overall flavour intensity they showed relative to what South African producers normally achieve.
62% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc. Red and black fruit, violets, iodine and attractive oak notes. Not exactly medium bodied but very well balanced with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Weightless intensity and plenty of nuance.
62% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc. Potent nose of red and black berries plus some earthiness. Full bodied but very little overt about it. Concentrated fruit, moderate acidity, smooth tannins. Big and brooding.