Friday, June 15, 2007

Robertson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Who made it: Robertson Winery
What varietal(s): Cabernet Sauvignon
Where: Robertson, South Africa
Why drink it: Do if you like cheap, earthy reds. Don’t if you love fruity, full-bodied, full-flavoured Cabs.
Extra, extra: $11, 13.5%

This garnet red wine has moderate aromas of cedar, blackberry, cassis, pepper (both green and black) and a hint of herbaceousness. The woodsy cedar aroma follows through on the palate. It’s more earthy and peppery than (black) fruity. It has light tannins and is slightly tart, with a smoky, alcohol-warm finish. The flavour of this wine doesn’t stick around long after it’s swallowed, earning it a short length on the finish.

The more you sip the smokier it seems. It’s not your typical Cabernet, that’s for sure. This is an average wine. Not spectacular. Not plonk. I wouldn’t buy this particular Cabernet again, since there are so many fab Cabs out there. If you’re into the big, bold California Cabs, this is definitely not for you. It’s also not a sipper – it needs food to make it more enjoyable. Maybe a roast, a burger or spaghetti and meatballs? If you like earthy (more old world) styles, perhaps you’ll give it a try sometime. In my opinion (and taste is very subjective), there are better cheap wines out there, but if you want something cheap to drink with food or like woodsy, non-fruity wines then give it a try. If you’re looking forward to cracking open something that is so good you can drink it all by itself, skip this one.

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