Paserene is the own label of Vilafonté winemaker Martin Smith, the series consisting of a Chardonnay (reviewed here) and a red blend called Marathon winning silver in the recent Wine Label Design Awards.
The series depicts the relationship between a bird and a girl and symbolises Smith’s career as a flying winemaker and his love for South Africa – the Chardonnay features a line-drawing of said girl and the red blend a painting of a swallow while a third, as yet unreleased wine will feature bird having alighted on girl’s finger and will be known as “The Union”.
The current edition of Platter’s suggests that the components of Marathon 2013 are “secret” but Smith lets on that it’s a blend of the two “bastard children of Bordeaux”, namely Petit Verdot and Carménère, total plantings of the latter amounting to all of 9.23ha at the end of the year in question.
It’s in an opulent style – plenty of ripe fruit and subtle oak spice, moderate acidity and soft, smooth tannins. It will have plenty of fans but it’s a bit over-engineered for me. Set to be released in June at R220 a bottle.