Nederburg Ingenuity Red 2008, Coastal Region, South Africa

I make no bones about it, I tend to like blended wines.  Like single varietals, blends can be good or bad, but I would like to give a good winemaker more options.  So here comes the Nederburg blend, this Coastal Region Red from 2008 modestly labelled Ingenuity.

With the scent of spice, some alcohol, wood and red berries I was thinking this wine has potential. The gulp had plenty of backbone, it was smooth and didn’t taste boozy like the scent.  Great berry medley as well. The wine had groove, some thump and was open at the same time.  Great balance, great job of being original without being confusing as well.  I think Congeniality would have been a more accurate name, but I admit it doesn’t have much marketing appeal.

Musical Match: County House by Blur.  Groovy, with a great rhythm section, but lots of space as well.  A good mix of brit pop, literary references, mid 90′s idioms and beautiful babes running around Benny Hill style make this song and video an interesting blend.  Same thing for the wine.  Cheers.

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