Okay, I need to come clean: I’m as big a fan of Razvan Macici and his Nederburg winemaking team as anybody and I’m all for innovative blending but I just don’t get the top-end Ingenuity Red, which typically sees Sangiovese, Barbera and a dash of Nebbiolo in combination.
Maiden vintage was 2005, and the wine has gained more and more critical acclaim with each subsequent release, the 2007 rating 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011. However, I’ve always been left somewhat bemused by it, finding it pleasant enough but lacking the same distinction as its multi-varietal white companion wine.
Along comes the 2008, a blend of 45.5% Sangiovese, 45.5% Barbera and 9% Nebbiolo selling for R239 a bottle. There’s very ripe red and black fruit as well as some spice and earthiness – not unattractive but I did wonder if the wine was meant to appear so developed at this stage. In structure, medium bodied and this along with a sweetness on entry and relatively soft tannins make it easy to drink although a fresh acidity stops the whole experience from becoming too ordinary. Good but not outstanding. Score: 15.5/20