Pearl Red 2019
Medium depth and with a shiny ruby-red glow this has a familiar warm Paarl fruit comfort. Nicely poised, certainly not overworked or in any way a fruit ‘bomb’, this is a stylish and very smooth wine, showing some restraint and balance, and registers a considered 14% alcohol, quite an achievement for its location. Mixed small black and red berry fruited, with careful, quite discreet use of wood and enough Cinsault to control its regional intensity and ripeness, the wine retains a sweet gentle perfume and mellow mouthfeel, sitting as it does between two styles. Less a peppery, briary or spicy version, the Pearl Red offers silky, plump fruit, clean, fresh and lingering plum flavours and from start to finish a caressing, seamless opulence. Already approachable, the wine offers pristine fruit in its younger years and may be best enjoyed within five years.