KWV Roodeberg 1974

By , 13 May 2022



The red blend that is Roodeberg from KWV was, at one point, steeped in mystique as colleague Joanne Gibson relates here. How do older vintages hold up? At the tasting as part of preparations for the Distell Tabernacle Heritage Sale to be run by auction house Strauss & Co on Sunday, 10 July, the 1974 was one of the highlights.

Expressive aromatics of red and black berries, fynbos, flowers, some meatiness, spice and just a hint of malt. The palate is intense but not weighty, the fruit still quite dense although there’s no shortage of freshness, the tannins fine-grained and pleasantly mellow. Lots of detail.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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    Francois van Zyl | 13 May 2022

    Remember this was probably the vintage of the century. My birthyear so probably had quite a few bottles. Seems like every wine is fantastic. Just remember this was pre – weedkillers, pesticides and irrigation. Probably the vintages like 2003, 2009, 2015 and 2017 would have been in the same league if we did not manipulate nature too much.

      Angela Lloyd | 13 May 2022

      Nederburg cabernet was particularly excellent & celebrated. It was (& maybe still is, if one could find it) a long-hauler.

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