Graham Beck The Game Reserve Shiraz 2009
By Christian Eedes, 4 April 2013
Graham Beck wines has a new tier to its range called The Game Reserve range – each bottling featuring one of the many indigenous animals and plants found in the Graham Beck Private Nature Reserve situated in Robertson. On the whole serviceable rather than irresistibly attractive (the Shiraz is the best of the bunch) but expect to be available from every bush lodge in the country.
W.O. Robertson. Lemon plus an overt but not unattractive leesy note on the nose. Medium bodied with fresh acidity and a savoury finish. Has interest but drink now.
Chenin Blanc 2012
W.O. Coastal. Reductive on the nose. Citrus and peach flavours. Clean and fresh but no real complexity.
Sauvignon Blanc 2012
W.O. Coastal. Dusty pyrazine note on the nose. Lime fruit, mouth-puckering acidity. Lean and green.
W.O. Robertson. Peach and orange, oak-derived vanilla and buttery, leesy notes. Rich on the palate with moderate acidity. Showing some development and rather quirky overall.
W.O. Robertson. Cherry pink in colour. Shy nose but plenty of cranberry (reminiscent of a Cosmopolitan cocktail!) on the palate. Quite substantial (RS 5.8g/l) with well integrated acidity (TA 7.3g/l). Nice dry finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
W.O. Stellenbosch. Cassis, mint and milk chocolate on the nose and palate. Lacks concentration, no real structure and overt “green” character.
W.O. Coastal. Ripe red fruit and overt cinnamon note. Light bodied with fresh acidity. No great complexity or concentration.
W.O. Coastal. Red and black cherry and attractive fynbos note on the nose. Sweet ripe fruit and soft tannins. Pleasant but straightforward.
W.O. Stellenbosch. Red and black fruit, hints of pepper and spice. Very approachable with good fruit definition, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Medium bodied and well balanced.