Musar Jeune Red 2017
By Christian Eedes, 9 October 2019
A gift from winemag.co.za business director Jacqueline Lahoud upon her return from a recent vacation in Lebanon was a bottle of Musar Jeune Red 2017 as made by this country’s most famous winery. Intended for early drinking, it is a blend of 45% Cinsault, 45% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine fermented and matured in concrete vats, average retail price $21 (equivalent of R320 a bottle according to current exchange rates) according to wine-searcher.com.
More than a curiosity given Cinsault’s historic significance locally (the original recipe for Alto Rouge was three parts of this variety to one each of Cab and Shiraz) and how much it is again starting to feature.
On the nose, some floral perfume before dark berries, chocolate, earth and spice while the palate shows plenty of sweet, dense fruit matched by firm tannins – rich and hearty drinking (alcohol: 14%) and something South Africa could easily emulate given our abundance of sunshine…
Editor’s rating: 89/100.
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