February 22, 2008

Boschendal Grand Reserve 2003

boschendalDelicious. We picked up this beauty on our Cape Town journey in Nov 2006, so it's unfortunately tough to find. This 2003 Grand Reserve is a Red Blend with 70% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 10% Shiraz, 10% Cab Sauvignon. Extremely smooth with immediate rocky/earthy flavors (I've noticed that with much of the region's wine - it's a good thing) very rich with flavor, and a finish which would be hard to improve upon. Smells of a campfire and legs like Giselle.

Boschendal wine
9 out of 10 for this champion. The winery is one of the oldest in South Africa and the grounds are breathtaking. Our taste buds must have been on that day, even though my driving skills were not (on the left side of the road with a stick shift in my left hand + wine). From what I can find on the 'net, the price point is around $25-30US. Worth seeking out, but does not surpass the previously reviewed Rust en Vrede. A special thank you to American Airlines for not breaking any of the 8 bottles that were in our luggage for the 4000 mile journey home.

1 comment:

David Barnes said...

Excellent description. Wish this were a bottle I could snag somewhere around the corner.