Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
75cl * 14.5% ABV * South Africa
This is made at the beautiful Babylonstoren estate, which garden and fine food afficionados may well have heard about as it has the most stunning kitchen, medicinal and flower gardens as well as a farm shop selling estate-pressed olive oil.
Wondrous graphite and cedar element which seamlessly incorporates every other component – brambles, spiced black cherries, blueberries, plums, origanum, thyme, fresh walnuts and a beautiful floral element of violets and pansies. The velvety tannins produce ripples of sappy freshness and bring texture and context to the fruit; sleek, supple and sinuous. This opulent wine befits its royal name and has all the attributes of greatness. Deceptively easy to drink now but will grow in stature and complexity over the next ten years.
A wine to star at the table where the food should play the supporting role – rare roast beef or kudu fillet with a red wine sauce, roast lamb with rosemary or venison carpaccio with shaved parmesan.
Serve at room temperature, 16–18°C. Can be enjoyed from the year of release, with wonderful ageing potential of up to ten years.