A 60/40 blend of Shiraz and Cinsault, there’s a light floral lift backed with spice to the sweetly fruited dark red fruit tones, black currant and dark cherry, aromatically.
The dark red fruit flavors are generous on its medium to medium fuller frame picking up a savory note as they work their way through the palate. There’s a juicy quality to the fruit, fresh and vibrant, while finer grained, lighter tannins give nice focusing tension on the finish that ends dry. Made in a Cotes du Rhone style this is an impressive value for the money.
90 pts Wine Advocate May 2021
Made from a blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Cinsault, the 2018 Le Rouge captures the essence and purity of each varietal. Aromas of black pepper, smoked herbs and roasted meats flutter with dusty dark fruit aromas from the Shiraz, whereas the high-toned and red-fruited nature of Cinsault adds notions of black raspberry, wild strawberry and cherry skin and a subtle hint of dusty, wild brush. Medium-bodied, the 13.5% alcohol wine shows true, displaying layers of red and black fruit mingling on the mid-palate with black spice and potpourri flavors. Showing a balanced structure with succulent tannins, the wine concludes with a slightly spicy finish, proving it’s an instant success and should drink well for the next 7-8 year
Vincent Carême of Domaine Vincent Carême in the Loire Valley, brings his expertise and techniques from France to Swartland in his Terre Brûlée bottlings. Vincent has found his spiritual home in South Africa where his wife Tania is from. The grapes for Le Rouge stem from two blocks of dry farmed, unirrigated vines in the Swartland. The Syrah is trellised while the Cinsault are bush vines. Situated on a gentle north facing slope, vines are 20 years old and set in soils of shale and granite.
Crafted with a French flair, Le Rouge expresses lavish dark berries and blackcurrant with smooth and refined tannins. This blend exhibits a palate that is elegant and refreshing, with a marked balance appealing to crowds.