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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Roodeberg Red
89POINTS
16¼/20

Roodeberg Red 2017

Western Cape, South AfricaDusky crimson coloured, I like the way this wine faithfully smells of its two main grapes: cabernet sauvignon (47% of this vintage blend) brings ripe blackcurrants and juicy bramble, and shiraz (28%) struts cracked pepper and dark chocolate. There’s a bowl-full of cherries and berries in the mouth, ripe and juicy and scattered with dried herbs. Bright and savoury the tannins have a bit of a bite, but the fruit floods back on the finish to soften. That smoky, pungent, tobacco character is what places this wine in the Cape for me, and while chewy and rustic, it’s more polished than most under $15 bottles. Roodeberg Red has been around since 1949, was one of the first SA table wines to feature shiraz, and the 2017 vintage was killer in the Cape. I’m awarding an extra point just for unbeatable value.Tasted: 12 June 2020Tasted by: DJ KearneyPrices: BC 13.99 BCLS ON 12.00 SK 14.00 MB 14.00 NS 12.00 NB 15.00 YK 16.00 Producer: KWV InternationalDistributors: Dandurand
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Shiraz - Ruby CabernetCSPC: 7187UPC: 748294111117