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Kaapzicht (South Africa) Classic Red 2002
Kaapzicht are one of the great names of South Africa, and this entry-level wine is a classified blend of all sorts of things, including Shiraz, Pinotage and Chenin Blanc would you believe. John Platter gives this his special award as "Exceptionally drinkable and well-priced", denoted by a smiley face in his definitive guide, and how appropriate that is: this is a big, quite old-fashioned, rustic red with notes of brambles, earth and spice and a pleasantly distant whiff of sillage. On the palate it is just beautiful stuff: fantastic gloss of sweet black fruits, currant and plum, with a lovely sense of ripeness and open-hearted warmth, and a balanced finish showing some mellow oak and tannin. Great Grog, £5.99.