Blaauwklippen Zinfandel 2005
I shipped 12 bottles from South Africa during a recent visit where I tasted and loved this. I wanted to bring it back to the US to compare with some California zinfandels. This is only one of very few select wineries actually making zinfandels in South Africa, yet the climate is perfect for this varietal. I received my shipment about a week ago and was VERY disappointed after the first opening. I used a mechanical aerator thinking this would help open it up...yet found it very tannic and almost bitter to the taste. I was warned to let it sit for a couple of weeks (or months) before opening as red wine does not travel well. I left the glass I originally poured sitting (full) next to the kitchen sink...and when cleaning up a few hours later tried it again...and admittedly it was MUCH better. So proper aeartion might have been the key. I will let the remaining bottles sit and try it again after a month or so...and leave it sitting for an hour to open up after opening.