Monday, January 24, 2011

Rating: ***+ $ Post House Blueish Black, 2007, Stellenbosch, South Africa - Wine Review (BEST VALUE)

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Original Review, July, 2009: Post House Blueish Black is a red meritage offering from vineyards of Stellenbosch, South Africa, a highly-regarded winemaking region. The selection was recommended to me as one of South Africa's best red wine values. It is a combinage of 38% shiraz, 26% pinotage, 19% cabernet sauvignon and 13% merlot. It tips in at a potent 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass, Post House Blueish Black is medium dark red - no purple highlights that I can spot, even in such a recent vintage. In fact, for that matter, no "blueish" or "black" highlights either!

Well, no matter - let's see what the wine itself brings... Aromas are bold: smoky, earthy with lusty fruit. In a word, robust. I hope the palate lives up to the promise.

Upon sipping, you notice a deep, smoky, slightly sweet fruit on the mid-palate. It follows with a just-slightly acidic, mild tannin robe along the sides of your mouth. Quite a balanced experience overall - and ready to drink despite its youthfulness. Three stars with a plus for its balance and character. Could age just a little to mellow.

Great introduction to a classical South African-style red wine at a bargain price.

Updated Review, a year and a half later, January, 2011:  The color is unchanged.  The nose is subdued, but still dark and earthy.  Svelte tannins, smoke and dark fruit slide along your cheeks on the sip.  The tannins are silty and delicious.  Awesome value, and a best buy.

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