2018 THISTLE AND WEED Nastergal 75cl (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Grapes: Tempranillo, Alicante Bouschet
Tasting: The nose, as well as showing an incredible depth of red and black berry fruit, shows some floral violet notes, fennel and savoury spice, black pepper and olives. The acidity is bright, which is exactly what we need against the black cherry fruit to give us a hugely redemptive freshness to offset all the depth of flavour.
FYI: Nastergal is the Afrikaans name for Black Nightshade. A particularly stubborn weed whose seeds can lie dormant for 80 years and yet can still germinate.