Informal tasting: Haskell II Stellenbosch this Friday 12th Feb

by Ed H-B

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We will be opening a bottle of one our favourite South African reds from Stellenbosch this Friday evening from 16:00 onwards, so do drop by and say Hi!

170 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9PR – [map]

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Haskell Vineyards Stellenbosch

The Haskell vineyard is on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s best-known wine region in the Western Cape. They are firmly focussed on making small volume, super-premium quality wine and the 2010 Haskell II is a brilliant illustration of this boutique style of production.

2010 HASKELL II Haskell Vineyard

Grapes: Syrah, Cabernet, Mourvèdre   Colour: Red   Origin: South Africa ABV: 14%

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75cl bottles £19.95        Sale price £13.95

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Reviews

Bright red-ruby. Redcurrant, mocha, pepper, licorice and smoky oak on the nose. Sappy, round and fine-grained, with excellent intensity to the dark berry, fresh herb and menthol flavors. Lovely restrained chocolatey sweetness leavened by subtle green elements. Sexy use of oak here. Still very young.’ 90 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Jun 2015)

The 2010 Haskell II is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre that sees 16 months in new barrels (40% new). The nose is well-defined with blackberry, cocoa and sandalwood aromas that are nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with quite an austere, Médoc-like entry. Nicely structured with a masculine, tobacco-tinged finish, this is a fine Shiraz/Cabernet blend – the latter in the driving seat. 91 Neal Martin, www.erobertparker.com(Oct 2014)

Best wishes,

Robert, Toby & Michael

P.s. We hold these informal tastings every Friday, and always welcome you to join us. We will send an email earlier in the week, so keep your eyes peeled.

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