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Orange River Cellars Lyra 2010

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Surprise package.
Surprise package.

When wine geeks gather, it’s not unusual for the options game to be played – those assembled given a wine blind and then competing to guess, eventually, the origin, grape variety(ies) and vintage.

When Orange River Cellars Lyra 2010 (a blend of 46% Petit Verdot, 38% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, matured for 17 months in French oak barrels, 50% new) featured in such a game recently, it showed very well and had participants opting for everywhere except South Africa, let alone the Northern Cape.

It’s medium bodied with more red fruit than black, good freshness and well-managed oak. Perhaps a tiny bit hollow on the mid-palate but the tannins are very fine indeed. It sells for a reasonable R80 a bottle and is well worth a look, if only to marvel at the wonders of flood irrigation.

Score: 89/100.

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