As the days begin to darken earlier and cold weather creeps a little closer, there’s no better time to open a bottle of our just-released Red Horizon 2013…
Jacques, AJ and I did just that a few weeks ago. Sitting at Open Door and catching up on all of Uitsig’s progress, we found a worthy topic of conversation in Uitsig’s newest offering.
Having spent over a year in one of just 65 barrels before being bottled and stored in the cellar, Red Horizon 2013 is a shade darker than its sold-out predecessor, and the differences don’t stop there.
Aromatic, light and elegant, it’s a very different Bordeaux blend from previous vintages. In the past, Constantia Uitsig’s red blends have been primarily Merlot-driven, but our Red Horizon 2013 switches to a dominant Cabernet Sauvignon style (69% Cab Sav, 22% Merlot and 9% Cab Franc).
Possessing more concentrated fruits as a result, there are notes of plum, purple flowers and black cherry on the nose. And despite its time in French oak, wood is hardly detectable, giving way to a zesty interplay of fruits, complimented by the subtle presence of mint and eucalyptus.
Thanks to the Cab Sav influence, we found the wine to be slightly more full-bodied and beautifully layered, with no single flavour or varietal playing an overly dominant role.
“There’s Merlot on the nose, Cab Sav on the palate with a nice acidity, and Cab Franc’s floral follow-through.” AJ notes adding, “Although on paper this blend may be Cabernet dominant, the different components come through beautifully.”
Jacques agrees: “Thanks to our type of soil here, we’re not looking to produce a heavy red wine, but rather one that’s more approachable at a relatively early age. That being said, I find this wine to be unusually complex for such a light, easy-drinking red wine.”