June 28, 2014

Leopard's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 South Africa

Leopard's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Leopard's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 South Africa

First taste of South Africa and it was awesome!

I didn't plan on drinking last night (opted for a green tea latte instead) since I was so tired after the first week of the semester. Then I found some pine nuts and raisins in the pantry and manchego in the fridge. Some serious cravings needed to be curbed but those things obviously don't go well with my 140 peso ($3) beverage.

Primed by my sweet and relatively-cheaper drink served in a to-go cup, 
I was put in the mood for something richer and velvety that evening. Light and fruity won't do for my tired-but-not-really-sleepy, feeling-kind-of-sentimental, and still-craving-for-a-good-night-in-dreamland after hours self.

So we opened a bottle. Naturally.

Cheese plate with nuts and raisins
Just by looking at it...I know I'll be getting the FULL experience. Such a gorgeous deep shade of red for wine that's unlike any other I've seen. I was pathetically enchanted by it being poured in the glass. It sits so well, like the obedient no-fool's drink it is and it made me think that I might not finish the first glass (which I shamefully did). No holds-back, aromatic, woodsy, mature and expertly blended red wine. And the spices did wonders. That was so lovely! I wouldn't say it was super strong and also acidic but it made me an impression. I'm a sucker for a big, dream-worthy finish but I think I'm totally okay if it didn't end. Not too heavy and tangy in my mouth. I wish I could've saved this for dinner since the wine was a bit overpowering with only a small (made from leftovers) cheese plate. I bet pairing this with a nice steak or lamb chops would be divine (so manly/heavy though, maybe mushroom risotto and duck breast or candied walnuts and hard/sharp cheese).

Honestly, I barely finished my first glass but it was still heavenly. Rich and elegant. Just what I ordered. Discovered something new ♥South African wines, can't wait for more! Next time though, I'll make sure I'm not that sleepy.

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