Top red from Durbanville? Not that surprising when you consider that supposedly the greatest red wines ever made in South Africa, the 1966 and 1968 vintages of GS Cabernet, originated from here.
Yesterday the 2011 vintage of Diemersdal MM Louw Estate Red (R320 a bottle) served with a selection of excellent tapas enjoyed in the property’s restaurant.
A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec, it was matured for 24 months in 225-litre French oak, 75% new. It’s everything you want a serious Bordeaux-style red to be – precisely made with great fruit definition but classically styled so more about balance and finesse than weight and power.
Still very primary, there’s cassis and subtle oak on the nose and palate. Wonderfully intense and yet not heavy, the finish is long and savoury. A real treat.