Asara 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon – Ian’s WBW#6 contribution

[Here is another contribution from a "passionate amateur" wine taster who doesn’t (yet) have a blog but wanted to join in the fun.]

Hi Jeanne! I was inspired to do a tasting myself, but I am (as of yet) blogless. So I hope you do not mind that I add my comments here.

I found a bottle of Asara Wine Estate 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch), and decided to cook up a South African style meal to enjoy it with. There is detailed info available at

Coriander curry marinated beef filet on the grill, white corn grit polenta with sweet minced shrimps and chiles, baby broccoli with ginger peanut sauce, Asara 1998 Cabernet.

Tasting notes (from a passionate amateur at tasting):
The black pepper and red/black fruits were there, but my first impression was actually beef’s blood (not in a bad way). The wine was clearly calling out for steak. The color was a nice deep red/ruby, clearly aged. The structure was solid and should last for a long while, with solid tannins. Other scents included leather, mullberries, raisins, red delicious apples (think skins!), tobacco, cedar, and black currants during the moderately long finish.

A nice introduction to South African reds, which paired best with the crispy polenta and of course the steak.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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