2013 Veritas Awards: Silver Medal
WA 90 WE 90 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Tiara is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec matured mainly in new French oak. It has a lifted, floral bouquet with kirsch, yellow plum and a touch of marmalade that is well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a toasty opening, well-balanced with a fine line of acidity and a pleasant, soy-tinged finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. This is a respectable Stellenbosch Cabernet. Drink now-2018."
According to Wine Enthusiast - "This Cabernet-basred blend, with 13% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec, opens with intense aromas of tobacco, leather, sweet smoke, cured meat, dried fig and fruit cake. Flavors of black berry, cherry and cassis unfold on the medium-weight palate, alongside firm, muscular tannins that hold on through the lingering finish. Drink now–2016."
Winemakers Notes - "This wine has a deep garnet centre with bright and youthful hues in the rim. The rich, perfumed bramble and red berry bouquet is enhanced by layers of mocha, sweet cinnamon sugar and vanilla spiciness. With more aeration the wine shows violet and delicious mulberry fruit. The high Cabernet Sauvignon content adds a lovely lead pencil influence while the fine grained tannins are beautifully balanced. Remarkably accessible at this early stage it will continue to open and integrate over the next 5 to 6 years." Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 13%, Petit Verdot 4%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Malbec 2%. 14.% ABV.