Shiner is a label for trial wines as made by Martin Smith of Franschhoek cellar Paserene, the 2016 being a Bordeaux-style red blend, consisting of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc – all grapes from Stellenbosch, maturation lasting 22 months in French oak, 20% new and alcohol is 14%.
The nose shows red and black fruit plus subtle notes of herbs and earth. The palate is medium bodied with bright acidity and fine tannins, a gently savoury quality to the finish. It’s a well balanced, nicely understated effort – Wine Cellar price is R160 a bottle and it pretty much lives up to the back-label slogan that reads: “Working Man’s Champion”.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
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