Last night the 2004 vintage Frans K Smit, the ultra-premium offering from Spier in Stellenbosch. 15% abv according to the back label and usually such a high alcohol is cause for trepidation – what’s in the bottle typically too powerful to provide real enjoyment.
The Frans K Smit (a blend of 30% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Pinotage, 18% Shiraz and 6% Petit Verdot) however was undoubtedly hearty but still remarkably lively – rich and dense but balanced. Red and black fruit, spice and a slight earthy quality. Satisfying in a non-geeky kind of way.