2016 Storm Point (Craven) Red Blend Western Cape South Africa (Previously $15)

SKU #1294989

Winery Notes: "A classic Cape Blend of 57% Cinsault - 28% Syrah - 15% Carignan from vineyards in the Swartland. Ranging from 15-25 years in age, the vines are now hitting their straps and providing great flavors and full maturity. Mainly grown on granitic soils as well as some shale soils. Grapes were hand harvested towards the end of February and destemmed to tank. Gentle extraction through light pumpovers occurred for a little more than a week with ML occurring naturally in the Spring. The wine was matured in both tank and neutral barrels. The result is a lively, zippy, red wine sprinkled with some very serious notes. Charmingly vibrant purple. Strawberry fruit roll-up, blueberry cobbler and wild rose aromas make you smirk with giddiness. Savor pure deliciousness with ripe plums and bright berry flavors abounding. Medium tannins lend backbone without interfering with the wine’s approachability. Drink this with or without food but definitely pair with good company. It will get the party started.

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2017 | Send Email
Wow! How good are these Storm Point wines!? Such fantastic value; these totally over deliver on price point! Crafted by Mick Craven of CravenWines (one of the most sought after small producers in the region) this Red Blend is a classic Cote du Rhone style (Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan) and is super quaffable! Matured in neutral oak and tank the wines is softly fruited, accessible but with real poise and balance and very food friendly. Crushed summer berries, whiffs of baking spice and warm earth. Medium bodied, nice natural acidity and ultimately satisfying. I was truly bowled over by how good these wines are for the money.
Top Value!

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