Among South Africa’s deluxe wine offerings, The Jem from Waterford in Stellenbosch is one of the better established with the maiden vintage 2004 having gone on sale back in 2007 at what was then a sensational price of R680 a bottle.
The 2012 will soon be available and this will set you back R1 100 a bottle, which now appears relatively modest compared to Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2016 at R1 750 and a few other wines priced even higher (see here).
A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz, 14% Merlot, 11% Cabernet franc, 4% Mourvèdre, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Barbera and 3% Sangiovese, it spend 19 months in French oak, 28% new. It’s got a wonderfully complex nose of red and black fruit, sea breeze, herbs, spice and earth. The palate is rich but balanced – dense fruit, fresh acidity, the finish long and savoury. Powerful in the best sense, this seems immensely age-worthy.
Editor’s rating: 94/100.
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