Groote Kaap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ***

Western Cape, South Africa


Price: $12.99
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.5%

From the Bottle:  Nothing fun to report from the label.  Thanks to Google, however, we can share this insight: Groote Kaap means “great cape” in Dutch.

A says:
Rating: ***
Color   Deep violet
Smell   Wood, spice, and alcohol
Taste   This wine has an earthy flavor, somewhat acid and fairly bitter; I guess you could call it rich.  The finish is bitter chocolate.  I like the finish, but I’m less sure about the wine.  It’s a cheap one, but in my book, it’s still only a 3 star wine.

D says: 
Rating: ***
Smell   Sweet
Taste   This wine sweeter than your average Cab.  I taste plum, followed by bitterness, and a lingering sweetness at the end.  I would consider this a decent table wine, but nothing to write home about.  The price is good, the wine is fine, I too say 3 stars.

Verdict: We started the bottle over dinner, and polished it off while kicking up our feet and watching TV – an appropriately relaxed atmosphere for a pretty relaxed bottle of wine.  Groote Kaap Cabernet Sauvignon isn’t a wine that’s going to knock any socks off, but we doubt you’ll spit it out, either.  It’s a completely acceptable, reasonable, $12.99 bottle of wine.  We wouldn’t tell anyone to run out and buy a bottle, but in a pinch, it’s a safe bet.  We’d recommend drinking it over dinner, preferably something meaty.

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