A benchmark example of a South African Bordeaux blend from the Constantia region.
Blends based on the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have long been a speciality of the Cape and this example from Buitenverwachting pretty much has the style nailed. Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon the wine was aged in second and third fill French oak barrels for about two years foloowing fermentation. There are ripe, dark cassis aromas along with hints of blackcurrant leaf which follow on to the palate. There's a good minerality giving a pleasant freshness and grippy, well-tuned tannins for structure and a gentle fragrace on the finish.
Ripe and welcoming it's very good value and will go well with lamb and pork recipes or meaty pasta dishes.