The First XI The Partnership 2014
By Melanie, 11 May 2016
In 2013, Proteas cricketers Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers came together with Stephen Fleming formerly of New Zealand and Mike Hussey, formerly of Australia to form Infinity Wines, maiden releases being a Rhône-style blend called The First XI The Belter 2014 (reviewed here) and a Merlot-driven wine called The First XI The Partnership 2014.
Winemaker is Wynand Grobler of Rickety Bridge and the wine consists of 75% Franschhoek Merlot, 8% Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Wellington Shiraz, maturation lasting 22 months in French oak, 30% new.
On the nose, red and black fruit, some floral fragrance and a hint of spice. There’s plenty of ripe fruit on the palate but also good freshness and very much to the wine’s credit, there’s very little oak-derive character in evidence. Great fun to drink. Rickety Bridge price: R230 a bottle.
Find our South African wine ratings database here.
Opinion & Analysis
Tim James: How much wine does SA import and are there any bargains to be had?
18 February 2019
For the vast majority of South Africans, this country meets all their wine-drinking needs. And why not, indeed, when what you’re wanting is a modest range of styles, generally offering...