For my Advent Calendar #11 red wine, I go back to Robertson for the acclaimed Bon Courage The Pepper Tree 2013, made by Jacques Bruwer on the family owned and managed estate.
The grapes were whole berry fermented and then cold soaked. Halfway through fermentation, half of the wine was taken to French oak barrels while the process continued until the wine had fermented dry. The two components were then blended and racked into 2nd and 3rd fill French Oak Barrels to mature for 12 to 15 months. The wine was then prepared and bottled.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle under a natural cork closure. Striking elegant livery. In the glass, a deep bloodplum red which pales out to ruby garnet at the edges. Whiffs of spiced plum preserve supported by the oak and its vanilla spices. Good grinds of white pepper. From entry, the wine is full rounded and has cashmere clad tannins. The generous spiced fruit on the nose is repeated in a full mid palate. The different components, smells and flavours of the wine are beautifully interwoven into the long and gently waning aftertaste.
This is a ‘made for food’ wine and will grace your Christmas Table, whether it’s turkey, beef or gammon. If you are serving a pork belly with crispy crackling and baked apples, real gravy and rustly roasties – this is your wine.
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