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2002 Mont du Toît, Cape of Good Hope, SA

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This is a more highly priced South-African wine than those I used to drink until now. I am not yet a great fan of South Africans, although all of them I tried were of solid quality. But I often find these red wines to have quite intense smoke aromas, ranging from slightly smoked ham, to heavily smoked bacon. It’s maybe a matter of taste, but I feel that these smokey notes are somehow unbalancing the wines. Now this Mont du Toît, which is a common project of German winemaker Bernd Philippi and the South African Pieter Niel-Rossouw, is a Cuvée of Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz. It still has smokiness, but to a lesser extent. Obviously it is a note SA wines can’t come without and I have to live with that. But beyond that note, the Mont du Toît also had a beautifully structured body with opulence and creaminess, elegant fruit, and a nice finish with a slight freshness. No doubt someone put some serious work in that wine.

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Categories: South Africa
  1. BerlinKitchen (guest) Said,

    Ja Alex, ich kann Deine Beschreibungen nur bestätigen! Dieser 02er ist mit Abstand der beste Rotwein den ich jemals aus Südafrika verkostet habe. Ganz toller Wein……..

    Grüße, Martin
    http://www.berlinkitchen.com

  2. Barry (guest) Said,

    Hi Alex,
    Completely agree..the mid-priced SA Wines have been OK..no more…only the top end has impressed me..

    The Wine trade in SA seems to be trying to hard to ‘force’ a style…

    Barry

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