Aromas: Dark plum, bell pepper, basil leaf, licorice, and black peppercorn.

Flavors/experience: Fresh blackberry, cocoa, espresso, and mint. Pronounced acidity and firm tannins pay homage to Old World Bordeaux. A very long, spicy finish completes the experience. Very well-balanced, very good quality.

Specifications: From Stellenbosch, South Africa, this is a right bank Bordeaux-style blend of 60% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. 13.8%.