Here’s a wine that does what it says on its label: it’s simply an unfussy, entry-level red for ‘now’ drinking that won’t cost you a king’s ransom for the privilege. What’s more, it was one of only two wines that achieved the ultimate value rating of 20 out of 20!
Even after all the mathematical wizardry had been applied, it was obvious that this was a blended red that far outstripped the expectation of its R25 price tag. Then again, that’s been the mantra of the team at Wellington-based Imbuko Wines since they launched their first wines in this range in 2012. For all the wine geeks wanting to know what has gone into this blend, it’s made from equal parts (20 per cent each) Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Cinsaut and Ruby Cabernet. The last two grapes are not as well known as the first three, but they offer winemakers additional colours to paint with when blending. In particular, Cinsaut is starting to make a comeback in wine circles after being overlooked for several years, during which it was considered a grape that merely cropped well, providing lots of juice to stretch a blend’s volume.
Increasingly, winemakers are appreciating the cheery berry fruitiness that it adds. The tasting panel noted that this wine offers up bright red cherry and spice aromas, while there is also a nice earthy depth on the palate that balances its lightness and approachability well.