The 2012 Kloof Street Rouge is a blend of 83% Syrah, 13% Cinsault and 4% Carignan with 10% whole bunch. Minimal sulphur is used before the wine is raised in used French barriques for 11 months. It has a light, well-defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry leaf and a touch of cold black tea that is nicely defined, though it would benefit from more vigor. The palate is well-balanced with creamy red berry fruit on the entry. The acidity is nicely judged and it gently builds to a fresh strawberry, orange zest and white pepper finish that linger nicely, but not too long, in the mouth. This is a very fine Kloof Street – probably better than previous vintages. Drink now-2015.