Doolhof Wine Estate in Wellington has a truly stunning rage of wines.
Recently they launched a delicious coffee style Pinotage called The Dark Lady of the Labyrinth [Doolhof being Afrikaans for Labyrinth] which I so enjoyed.
Now they have The Minotaur, their recently released ultra premium wine, which has hardly been on the market and has already won a double gold medal at the 2009 Veritas Awards at the beginning of October and at this year’s Michelangelo Wine Awards in September, it won a gold medal.
The Minotaur is made up of six varietals in which Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are dominant. There is also Petit Verdot, Pinotage and Shiraz in the blend, so perhaps it could lay claim to being a Cape Blend.
Having spent 14 months in French Oak, The Minotaur is a seriously dark ruby red with some charming garnet flashes around the edges. The smells and tastes are all about ripe black plums, cassis and marzipan and that enchanting minty eucalyptus undertow which I find so beguiling in the Margaret River blended reds from Western Australia. It’s built to last another ten years at least I would have thought, but why delay pleasure?