Napier Vineyards - Red Medallion 2008
Napier Vineyards - Red Medallion 2008 (90 tsomw points)
These days (rain and falling leaves) ask for some serious red.Today we are drinking this lovely Bordeaux blend from Wellington in the Western Cape of South Africa.
Napier Vineyards, set in a magnificent valley close to Wellington in the Western Cape, owes its name to Sir George Napier, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope from 1837 to 1843. From 1989 on, Michael Loubser – the former owner of back then “Napier Winery” – upgraded facilities on the farm. A modern winery was built, followed by a modern maturation and fermentation cellar. Today, Napier Vineyards is owned by the German Winery Reh Kendermann GmbH and cooperates with its parent company in terms of global sales.
About the wine:
Red Medallion is a premium blend consisting of five noble varieties from Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Each grape variety is selected by the winemaker and vinified and matured for 12 months separately. Thereafter the different varieties are blended together and matured again in the cellar for a further year in 300-liter French oak barrels with another two years in the bottle prior to release.
My tasting notes:
In the glass an intense deep red color.
On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, plums with hints of ceder, spices and rose petals.
On te palate dry, medium+ bodied with still lively dark fruits, soft and round tannins and enough acidity to make it lively. Drink now or within 2 years.