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Blankbottle Retirement @ 65
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Blankbottle Retirement @ 65 2016

Darling, Coastal Region, South AfricaRetirement at 65. Doesn't sound so bad, if I can drink bright, charming lighter reds like this to fill my days. This low intervention, light red is predominantly cinsault (a darling of Darling), buddied up with grenache and syrah. Medicinal-kissed raspberry, cherry is swiped with balsamic and fynbos, and dosed with white peppercorns. Tannins are whisper-fine, and acidity is crunchy, welcoming a chill and charcuterie platter (don't forget the eland biltong). Edgy, delicate, and interesting, @ 65. Rad. The name is a reference to the Darling cinsaut vineyard, forever sent to a large co-op until Pieter snuck in in the vineyard's 63rd year to rehabilitate the vines as it was slated for scrubbing up. This wine was made for the first time in the vineyard’s 65th year.Tasted: 05 November 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 45.00 private wine shops Producer: BlankbottleDistributors: Lifford Wine and Spirits
Blend: Cinsault - Grenache - SyrahCSPC: 163706UPC: 808755017836