Noe Bad Wines

Med ruby with pink edges.  Considerable funk on opening settles down to heady minerality and deep, ripe blackberry fruit.  Heavy, round wet leather.  I don’t even know what this variety is.  *checks label* 86/10/4 SY/Cab/Pinotage.

In the mouth, biting acidity balances the generous fruit quite nicely.  Simple, somewhat bitter tannin.  Easily one of the better So. African wines I have had in my life–although that is NOT a huge number.  And I can’t remember the last SY or Cab I have had–most of the handful I have had have been Pinotage, to rather under-whelming results, and that is generous.  This is a pro-grade, modern wine.

2012 LE NOE Reunion South Africa  14.0

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