By , 21 August 2019



Old faithful.

When a bottle of Chateau Libertas 2017 proved spectacularly disappointing earlier this year, a colleague urged me to re-visit Tassenberg for a happier experience.

This non-vintage, entry-level wine comes with the back label that reads “Produced in Argentina and South Africa/Bottled in South Africa” – designated as non-vintage, it’s famously built around Cinsault but contains who knows what else.

My bottle showed some floral perfume, herbs red and black cherry on the nose while the palate was medium bodied, fresh and savoury. By no means complex, it is however honest with a vinosity that Chateau Libertas currently lacks entirely. Approximate retail price: R35 a bottle.

Editor’s rating: 86/100.

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  • Thandie14 June 2021

    Best red wine I ever tasted…..❣❣❣

  • Duncan21 August 2019


    For 35 bucks, you can’t exactly go wrong, but it’s always a bit of a gamble. Same with the ‘Unbelievable Red’: had a bottle that was extremely simple but surprisingly delicious, with nice fruit. A couple weeks later, bought another bottle that verged on the unpleasant. But hey, at around R40, worst case I’ll make sangria.

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