You get what you pay for and though the Ingenuity Red 2010 from Nederburg is not cheap at R245 a bottle, it’s smart. A blend of 50% Sangiovese sourced from 15-year-old vineyards on Papkuilsfontein in Darling, 45% Barbera from 40-year-old vineyards on Altydgedacht in Durbanville and 5% Nebbiolo from 20-year-old-vineyards on Plaisir de Merle in Simondium. Individual components were matured for 12 months in 500-litreFrench and Romanian oak barrels, 70% new before being blended together and spending an additional eight months in oak.
It’s the best vintage of this wine so far. Red cherry and some floral fragrance on the nose while the palate is medium bodied and poised – quite “South African” in how upfront the fruit is but then quite “Italian” in terms of how nicely firm the tannins are. Marvellously poised overall and wine which shows both imagination and lightness of touch on the part of the winemaking team.