The importance of reading tasting notes
By Christian Eedes, 15 November 2013
Yesterday during pizza with friends two contrasting wines, the first being Tobias Red 2012 and the second Jordan Cape Winemakers Guild Sophia 2007.
The Tobias is a blend of Mourvedre, Shiraz and Cinsaut from the Swartland-based Bryan MacRobert and has an approximate retail price of R90 a bottle and the Jordan from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot made by esteemed Stellenbosch winemaker Gary Jordan and a wine which fetched an average case price of R3 275.56 (the equivalent of R546 a bottle) at the 2009 CWG auction.
Scores for the wines? 85 on the 100-point scale for the Tobias and 87 for the Jordan but that’s not nearly the half of it.
The Tobias was characterful and appealing with sweet red fruit offset by a slight stalky quality. The Jordan was much more imposing with dark fruit, fresh and dried herbs, a slight tomato cocktail quality. More full bodied with fresh acidity and fine but grippy tannins. In pure numerical terms, the “better” wine but the Tobias was much more suited to the occasion. Tasting notes are difficult to write and often tedious to read but the devil’s in the detail.