Roodeberg 2019

By , 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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  • Greg Sherwood MW10 September 2021

    This is the first vintage of the “regular” Roodeberg” red blend Handford Wines have ever sold. We have been successful with the Roodeberg 1949 Cuvee 2017 and Roodeberg Reserve 2017 as well as the Mentors range… but this wine represents a bit of a branded game changer for value, large production brands. The 2019 has been received very well among our discerning customers. Hats off to the KWV team.

  • Kevin R10 September 2021

    Hi Christian,
    This also delivered more than I was expecting.

  • Jeremy sampson10 September 2021

    Apparently there was quite a lot of controversy when a white was first produced, now joined by a rosé. It took a while. How do they rate?
    When you have a strong brand, extend it, don’t create new non entities which no one will know.

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