Saturday, September 24, 2011

Review: ***+ $ Anura Legato Private Cellar, 2005, Simonsberg Paarl, South Africa - BEST VALUE

Original Review, September, 2009: The Anura Legato Private Cellar from Simonsberg Paarl, South Africa, is a red wine blend of 53% merlot and 47% cabernet sauvignon, finished at a high 14.5% alcohol level.

In the glass, the 2005 Anura Legato pours as deep red, almost moving to orange brick at the edge already (quite young for that to be happening!). Aroma is of sweet, young fruit, in style of very ripe plums.

On the palate, a classic - and almost overpowering - South Africa smoky note takes hold first, pushing back up into your nostrils, buoyed by the high alcohol. Then a sweet and lively red berry robe fills out the sides, brought up into your cheeks by some solid acids. A grip of tannins pulls the finish along to a fairly bright close.

Three stars out of five on the Spirit of Wine scale, making it a best buy at its modest price.

PS, the image on the label would appear to be a frog, associated it seems with "Frog Hill" which names the vineyard area.

Updated review, two years later, September, 2011:  Color and aroma are quite consistent.  So is the palate, except the subtly-improved integration adds a plus to the three star rating.  Becomes an even stronger best value with its age.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Remains nicely integrated.  

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