The fourth annual Winemag Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report has just been published, which saw Babylonstoren’s Nebukadneser 2016 scoring an impressive 90 out of a possible 100-point quality scale.
The grapes for this award-winning wine are grown on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains, in a combination of Klapmuts/Longlands type soils of Malmesbury shale origin, as well as Oakleaf and Hutton type soils of Cape granite origin. Described as a dry, full-bodied wine, it shows intriguing fragrances of violets and thyme, intense blackcurrant and underlying cigar-box and exotic floral aromas on the nose. On the palate the wine is superbly crafted with a good balance of vibrant multi-layered fruit supported by tight, well-honed tannins. The wine handles the oak effortlessly.
This year the competition received 81 entries from 64 producers and the wines were tasted blind by the three-person panel, with the scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.
For the full results visit http://winemag.co.za/cape-bordeaux-red-blend-report-2018/.