Jordan Woolworths Cobblers Hill 2010

By , 21 August 2013

Heavy hitter.

Heavy hitter.

Jordan Wine Estate has been involved in a collaboration with retailer Woolworths for over 10 years and yesterday a tasting of the new co-branded wines.

Exclusive Selection Chardonnay Sur Lie 2012
Price: R79.99
Clean fruit (pear and citrus) but quite weighty especially as it warms up in the glass. Dry white for those who can’t abide Sauvignon Blanc.


Lightly Wooded Chardonnay 2012
Price: R109.99
Citrus, subtle vanilla and moderate acidity. Referring to it as bland would be unkind but it’s very safe.


Jordan No-Added Sulphur Merlot 2012
Price: R59.99
Dark fruit, crushed herbs and a subtle earthy note. Broad, dense and slightly dull – not oxidised but fruit definition lacking.


Exclusive Selection Merlot 2010
Price: R99.99
Red and black fruit. Medium bodied with soft acidity and fine tannins. Nicely balanced and no green character to speak of.


Cobblers Hill 2010
Price: R219.99
Woolworths sells 700 six-bottle cases a year of this, making it the retailer’s most successful co-branded blend over R150 a bottle. The 2010 is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc and was matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new. Red and black fruit, attractive herbal and iodine notes. Complex and layered, relatively medium bodied, smooth textured, perhaps a bit too crafted.  That said, tt was served next to the 2004 which seemed riper but simultaneously had more overt pyrazine notes – there’s no doubt that the Jordan team are moving their flagship red in a more refined direction.



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