Today I bring you a bottle of red from South Africa, the Saam Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. Again, I do not profess to be a connoisseur of wines, but I know what I like and what I don’t! This was at a work conference dinner (ie. free), but a quick google search shows this wine from around £7 – £10.
Their description: “Saam is Afrikaans for ‘together’. The name captures the true essence of the team and their attitude towards viticulture at Eensaamheid Farm. Located at the foot of Perdeberg Mountain range, Saam Mountain Vineyards is a new South African venture that unites winemaking and farming. The area is known locally as the Mountain of Horses after the wild mountain zebra, the Quagga, used to roam there. Saam Mountain Vineyards forms under a group of 40 South African wine growers, spanning the premium growing areas from Paarl to the Durbanville Hills. The vineyards produce, on average, less than 7 tonnes per hectare – around half the average yields of other wineries of this scale, ensuring that quality of fruit and intensity of flavour is naturally at the heart of Saam Mountain’s wines. This is a deep purple Cabernet, with a black berry and plummy nose. The intensity of the fruit is carried onto the palate where it fills one’s mouth with juicy tannins, ripe, dark, fruit and hints of vanilla. The aftertaste is long and fruity.”
Wine: Saam Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: Saam Mountain Paarl, South Africa
Impressions: This is a very smooth deep red wine. Dry, but not overly tanniny. Little in the way of puckering/mouth dryness. Very soft and medium to light body, with notes of grape and black current.
Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)
Verdict: I thoroughly enjoyed this wine. One, because it was free. But 2), it was very smooth. Again, I say I normally like wines with a bit more depth and body, but this really was an easy drinking wine. With a price ranging from £7 – £10, this seems like good value as well. At 14%, it has a good amount of body, kick, flavour, and drinkability to make most happy. Try it.
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