Rolf Binder Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011

Full-bodied and luxuriously smooth with plump black fruits and chocolate aromas, this is pure red wine bliss.

Rolf Binder’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a hell of a wine. On the nose are intense blackberry fruit, a touch of vanilla and a big, alluring waft of chocolate. These complex aromas are carried through in the taste, proving this is a big wine with big flavour.

Perfect for the winter, this red wins huge kudos for its absolutely stunning texture. Truly a “drink now” wine, with pretty much no unpleasant tannin, this has got to be one of Rolf Binder’s best years. Velvety smoothness does mean this wine has a big “more-ish” quality, but when it tastes this good, who’s complaining?

The 2012 vintage, which has a little more tannin, is widely-available in the UK and is just as impressive. Especially when you consider it’s super value at £13.99 (Waitrose, Jan 2015).

 

Serve with…

…winter favourites like stews or casseroles, or pair with a medium-rare steak and chips. Mellows a little when paired with spicy food, but the fruits come into their own when matched with Jalfrezi.

BFW Rating


Overall

Rolf Binder’s charming Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is easily one of the smoothest and most beautiful red wines around.

Body:
Full


Variety:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot


Region:
Barossa Valley, Australia


Alcohol:
13.5%

Vintage:
2011


Price:
££ (Medium)


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