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WBW #6: South African Reds: 2001 KWV Cabernet Sauvignon


The things we learn.

For example, did you know that the Cabernet Sauvignon grape is the result of a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

Now if I only had some context to which apply that knowledge.

As you can guess, for this round of Wind Blogging Wednesday (South African Wines), I chose a Cabernet Sauvignon,specifically a 2001 from the KWV winery. Generally speaking, Cabernet Sauvignon ends up a complex and deep red wine, with several layers of flavor and full of body.

Generally, but not always.

The 2001 KWV Cabernet Sauvignon is not a bad wine. It’s light and simple and ends well on the front of the tongue. Then it just…well…stops. It doesn’t fill the mouth, and ends with a succinct alcohol taste. It does taste of black currants and a bit of vanilla under current.

It has a strong color, almost a raisin color. In the right light, one could almost mistake it for Welch’s grapejuice on sight. Giving it a swirl leaves thick trails of sugar on the glass.

I’m not one for pairing food with wine, because of my own knowledge of wine (or lack there of), I tend to think that one shoul ddrink what they enjoy, rather than what goes good with which food. But if pressed, I would leave this as a dessert wine, pairing it with chocolate. There’s no long aftertaste with this wine which lends itself for enjoying deeper and richer sesserts.