Winemaker: Frans Smit. Despite having a bit of age, this is a big, bold and assertive wine, with concentrated aromas of rich raspberry, plum and boysenberry, all spiced by hits of black pepper, baking spice, cocoa powder and espresso. The mouthfeel is plush and full, with a firm structure and tannins that grip the palate through the toasty, chocolate-kissed close. Give this Bordeaux-style blend more time for the oak and fruit to evolve and the tannins to mellow; drink 2018–2024.
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, previously responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).