Not Bordeaux, since I can't afford it for now (at least at Finnish prices), but a very decent SA Bx-lookalike:Iona The Gunnar 200517,94€; 48% Cab Sauv, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot; 13,5% abv. Aged 12 months in French oak of which 30% was new.
Elgin is a relatively cool climate in SA and it shows. This is a rather pretty Bordeaux blend. With the baked bean aromas and much Merlot in the blend my first thought was that if Pichon Lalande were a plain Haut-Médoc (maybe a Cru Bourgeois) this is what it would be like. It has all the dark fruit and pencil shavings I like in the Médoc but no vulgar or obvious oak aromas. Medium bodied and refreshing, ripe but no vulgar sweetness or oak. Refreshing, savoury finish. Quite an elegant style. I like it. Certainly best with a chunk of something bloody on the plate.
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.
No longer ITB.