It doesn’t get more traditional than a North vs. South rugby derby and it doesn’t get more traditional than roast Karoo lamb with potatoes and cauliflower in cheese sauce.
An emphatic victory by the Blue Bulls over the Stormers in the Super 14 final meant it was going to take something special to wash away the bitter taste of defeat.
The Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 from Paarl winery Glen Carlou proved excellent drinking: juicy red and black fruit playing off well against the gaminess of the lamb and well integrated tannins making for a rich, broad mouthfeel.
My only reservation was that it pretty much seemed to have done all the developing it was going to do, a mere five years on from vintage. On release, the dense fruit and prominent oak were close to overwhelming but the wine has already mellowed and I don’t have a sense that it’s going to get much better than it is now. I’m afraid I remain sceptical of modern South African red to be age-worthy much longer than a decade.