Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: ***+ $ Guardian Peak Frontier Red Wine, Western Cape, South Africa, 2007 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Here's an interesting blend from South Africa.

Original tasting and review : This is Guardian Peak Frontier Red Wine, Western Cape, South Africa, 2007, a blend of 38% cabernet sauvignon, 35% shiraz and 27% merlot.  We're sampling this one five years from vintage date.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about a half inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows sweet and fragrant violet fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and tangy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full and aromatic in the mid-palate, bringing violets, ink, blackberries and spicy red berries.  Fleshy, spicy feel, with good lift towards a modestly lengthy finish, very clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its perfumed, varied presence. Best value when secured at an advantageous retail price.

Following long decant, two full days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Violet aromas have turned inky and a bit plummy.  Very consistent, fresh, full and spicy palate.

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