Tasting Note: The 2009 Hemel en Aarde Valley is a blend of 86% Pinotage, 3.5% of each of the Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot all raised in French oak for 14 months, half new. It has a more harmonious bouquet compared directly with the previous vintage, with lifted dark cherries, licorice, star anise and a touch of garrigue. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, slightly chewy tannins. There acidity is taut and crisp, cutting through the quite assertive, masculine blackberry and raspberry fruit. It feels tightly wound toward the finish and deserves 2-3 years in bottle. Drinking Date: 2017-2025. Score - 90. (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Oct. 30, 2014)
|Brewer||Hamilton Russell Vineyards|
|Sugar/Sweetness||XD - Extra Dry|
|Tags||Medium-bodied & Fruity, Pinotage|
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