Western Cape, South Africa
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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.
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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