The Signature C 2015 is the maiden release of a Cape Bordeaux Red Blend as part of the top-end His Master’s Choice range from Paarl winery Ridgeback. Consisting of 64% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, maturation lasted 18 months in French oak barrels, 45% new.
The nose shows red and black berries, hints of floral fragrance and fynbos plus some pencil shavings. The palate has a succulence about it with plenty of juicy, sweet fruit and soft, smooth tannins – likeable but arguably not that complex (alcohol: 14%). Approximate retail price: R370 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
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