Director’s Reserve 2010
|Varietals||69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot|
|Appellation||Wine of Origin Stellenbosch, South Africa|
|Awards||Double Gold Veritas 2013, Silver medal at Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 (90-94/100 points)|
The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes were sourced from carefully selected trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch. These low yielding vines contribute to an increased concentration of flavour in the wine.
Deep dark ruby almost inky black centre, a brilliant, bright red edge.
This wine is floral, intense violets and shows the extended new wood aging. The impact of the new French oak wood is balanced and rich with a gentle release of vanilla and cedar spiciness almost a slight pepper and cinnamon. The potential of the wine is clear but will need time for the intense cassis and blueberry fruit to come forward. This wine is complex and layered with fruit, wood and dark chocolate nuances.
The palate is complex and layered with rich ripe tannins both from the fruit and wood. The cassis and blueberry fruits are full on the front of the palate adding length to the mid palate. The follow on after the fruit is the spiciness that carries the dry ripe tannins of the fruit and the vanilla from the wood tannins. The palate is still tight but when open for a while the fruit is rich and dark, cassis and blue/blackberry in its intense sweetness. This wine is very complex and with the use of the four of the five main varieties from the Bordeaux area, showing the ability to combine together to create a structured and well integrated wine with a unique depth and complexity. This wine reflects in its utmost the vintage of 2010 being rich, lush and layered. The wine is defined by its elegance and refinement as High Road wines are well known for. This wine will improve with the correct cellaring to achieve a wonderful drinking experience.