MATT'S WINE NOT! CATHEDRAL CELLAR TRIPTYCH 2006 SOUTH AFRICAN RED WINE

As you may know by now dear reader, I am a sucker when it comes to wine labels, or names, that may instantly draw me in to the point that I buy said wine. And why not (or Wine Not!) in this case, I'm here to try any wine, be it for aesthetic reasons or whatever reasons...as long as I can afford it!

This one really was a magnet though..."Cathedral Cellars"...just sounded so mystifying and conjured up images of some grand old church just filled with wine barrels aging away under the Lord's careful watch. One even gets a slight glimpse of the building on the wine label, which is a nice touch.

BUT! What the hell is a "triptych?" This got me wondering, and is yet another reason I bought this wine - I've never had a "triptych" before. Well let me (i.e. Wikipedia) tell you. "Triptych" is derived from the Greek meaning "three fold" and is a term actually used in art describing a three paneled work held together with hinges!

This word is obviously used tongue-in-cheek (although wine making is an art!), and refers to the fact, courtesy my friends at LCBO.com, that this wine is a three grape blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz. Very clever word work indeed!

BUT (again)! Will the the Fates smile on this particular bottle, or will it be condemned to Hades? Let's find out...

Naturally corked, this wine like some other recent ones, pours a not-too-dark red crimson, which appears juicy and rich, and slightly syrupy around the glass.

Upon whiffing the wine, there is a definite deep nose of dark fruits, such as dark cherry, with some chocolate and spiciness kicking around too. It certainly smells robust, and very well should be as it packs a walloping 14.5% alcohol!

Tasters time, it is certainly full bodied, but not overpowering, and not too dry (I noted "dryish"), this wine features tasting notes of slight chocolate, dark fruits, some bitterness, and a certain smokiness and woodsiness (likely from the new French oak barrels used). Its aftertaste contains some "seediness" (that taste you get when eating grapes and you accidentally bite into the damn seed) and that nice woodsiness again from the barrels.

This wine was a powerhorse (does that phrase even exist...well it does now!) of flavour and doesn't wimp out in any area, be it smell or taste. The smokiness grows on you with each passing sip and leaves you feeling very satisfied. A truly unique wine, you will be blessed by its purchase!

***1/4 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$16.95 (US$16.01).

From LCBO.com:

CATHEDRAL CELLAR TRIPTYCH 2006, 750 mL bottle
LCBO/Vintages #53124
Wine, Red Wine
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: D
Made in: South Africa
By: KWV

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