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Porcupine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Porcupine Ridge is the second label from Franschhoek based Boekenhoutskloof. Marc Kent is the winemaker at the helm and his memorably named The Chocolate Block has developed something of a cult following.

The Porcupine Ridge series is the producer’s value range; positioned in supermarkets and made in a broadly approachable style. The packaging is a sophisticated take on a critter label and honours the Crested Porcupines that make their home on the Boekenhoutskloof property. I used to drink a fair amount of the Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa and the label has always delivered good quality and value.

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is currently on promotion at Sainsbury’s for £5. (Yip, buying on promo as usual.) It is a blend of grapes from various regions, as many second label wines tend to be. The Boekenhoutskloof website mentions Wellington, Malmesbury and Franschhoek as the vineyard locations.

I drank this over two nights and it was definitely better the second evening. It ticks the boxes. Lots of dark fruit and cedar aromas and plenty of juicy flavours. An interesting spiciness, which may well be partly due to the oaking, which the website pins at 8 months in French oak barrels. There is some tannin on the finish which is unexpected at the price point, but which I really enjoyed. It is a supermarket Cabernet that actually tastes like a Cabernet.

At full price (£7.99) it would be a good buy. At £5 I’ll definitely be picking up a few more bottles.

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