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WTN: SA Bx-blend

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WTN: SA Bx-blend

by Otto » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:47 pm

Not Bordeaux, since I can't afford it for now (at least at Finnish prices), but a very decent SA Bx-lookalike:

Iona The Gunnar 2005

17,94€; 48% Cab Sauv, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot; 13,5% abv. Aged 12 months in French oak of which 30% was new.

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Elgin is a relatively cool climate in SA and it shows. This is a rather pretty Bordeaux blend. With the baked bean aromas and much Merlot in the blend my first thought was that if Pichon Lalande were a plain Haut-Médoc (maybe a Cru Bourgeois) this is what it would be like. It has all the dark fruit and pencil shavings I like in the Médoc but no vulgar or obvious oak aromas. Medium bodied and refreshing, ripe but no vulgar sweetness or oak. Refreshing, savoury finish. Quite an elegant style. I like it. Certainly best with a chunk of something bloody on the plate.
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Re: WTN: SA Bx-blend

by David M. Bueker » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:25 pm

Otto Nieminen wrote:Certainly best with a chunk of something bloody on the plate.


That's a note I can warm up to!
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Re: WTN: SA Bx-blend

by Salil » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:02 pm

I really like some of the South African Bordeaux blends I've had. Thanks for the note Otto. I will look out for this one. (BTW, have you had Meerlust Rubicon?)
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Re: WTN: SA Bx-blend

by Otto » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:18 pm

Salil Benegal wrote:(BTW, have you had Meerlust Rubicon?)


Only a few vintages ('99 and '01) when they were much younger than now. I think they showed much promise and were in a rather elegant, European style. Definitely ones to age.
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Re: WTN: SA Bx-blend

by Bob Henrick » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:10 pm

Otto, It is good to see your name here once again. Hope you are A-OK!
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