This is a lovely wine. It defines smashable. I had it while I was solo dining last week, and if you are solo dining then you need something like this to drink.
And: I love the term smashable. I don’t know where I picked it up. Maybe Australia. Or South Africa.
Not all wines need to be ‘great’ to be perfect. The perfect wine is often the one you are with in that moment. Quality is fitness for purpose. It’s a relationship, drinking a wine. You interact with the wine. You interrogate it. It asks questions of you. It sets you free to imagine and think brave and interesting thoughts.
Wine is best shared. But sometimes a bottle enjoyed solo can be a good experience too. This one was, even though I didn’t quite finish it. I’ve reviewed the Mount Abora wines before here.
Mount Abora Saffraan 2014 Swartland, South Africa
This is a Cinsault, a grape with a talent for making lighter, perfumed red wines. It shows silky smooth black cherry fruit with a lovely texture. Supple blackberry and black cherry fruit with a silky personality and ripe glace cherries on the finish. So smooth. 92/100
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Another Antipodean term I’ve heard is to “get on the outside of a bottle of wine”…presumably just the contents of the bottle!