Friday, August 09, 2019

MENU’s Wine of the Week is Vondeling’s 2016 Monsonia

made by winemaker Matthew Copeland. We tasted it at the Signature Red Blend Report, this week where it came in the top 12 and scored an impressive 93 points (there were only two 94 point wines). It is a sign of things to come with our new fresh red blends being produced with Rhône varietals. A blend of 67% Shiraz, 21% Mourvèdre, 8% Carignan and 4% Grenache, it has spent 16 months in large oak barrels, only one third new

Subtle at first on the nose, then complex with red cherry and black currant fruit and leaves. No shyness at all on the palate, full and round with such depth and purity of fruit one is taken aback. And it continues with bright fruit acidity and fine tannins, a well structured wine with wood just supporting and no hint of bitterness or dryness. One keeps returning to the beautiful fruit. R225

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