By Christian Eedes, 10 September 2021
Can SA’s corporate wine companies deliver? The 2019 vintage of Roodeberg as made by KWV is a pleasant surprise (or at least the bottle I sampled was – volumes of this wine are vast and it’s certainly not bottled once off). From 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Shiraz, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Tannat and 16% “other”, the wine was matured for 12 months in older oak.
The nose shows a little flinty reduction before red and black berries plus some leafiness and spice while the palate is medium bodied and well balanced – pure fruit and fresh acidity before a nicely dry finish. Honest rather than inspired but not nearly as carelessly made as you might fear. Approximate retail price: R99 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 90/100.
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