Monday, November 22, 2010

*** $$ Goats do Roam Goat-Roti Red Blend, Western Cape, South Africa, 2003 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review, opening thoughts: The Goats Do Roam Wine Company is the whimsically-named maker of this equally-whimsically-named Goat-Roti red blend.

By way of background: This is the well-aged 2003 vintage of Goat-Roti, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Goat-Roti shows as deep burgundy in the glass, no bricking at the edge despite its age, and opaque in the middle.

On the nose: Poured cool with a two-hour decant, this South African red shows a potent nose of old sawdust and mellow mashed black and red fruit mix with some banana pulped mixed in for good measure, along with a light perfume to lift the nose just a hint.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a sleek, mineral mid-palate, quite shy overall, along with a gentle blackberry flavor style, and gentle spiced acids bringing along the finish.  Smooth and savory as overall impressions.

In summary: Overall, a pleasant, rewarding sip, though not showing complexity or daring for the years in the bottle. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, touching three stars especially with the intrigue and seduction in its nose.

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