I received a bottle of Inception 2012, a red blend of 81% Shiraz, 10% Petit Verdot, and 9% Mourvedre. This wine I was told is being released first in Canada before the rest of the world. It is produced in South Africa, a country that has its feet in both the Old World and the New World of wine making style. Wines that I have tasted in the past from South Africa, tended to be enjoyed with meals more than on their own.
From the information provided with this wine, it appears that quite a bit of care was taken to hand pick the grapes, then ferment each grape variety separately in stainless steel tanks. followed by a full malolactic fermentation (to make the wine smoother and rounder), followed by aging in oak barrels for 12-14 months and blending.
My Tasting Notes for Inception 2012
The wine is deep ruby in colour. It has a pronounced nose, with primary aromas of red fruit, smoke and meatiness, followed secondarily with raspberry, vanilla, leather and chocolate. It has a bit of sweetness to it, at 17.2 g/l of residual sugar. Quite soft, round and smooth on the palate, but overall has a very light mouth feel. Mainly red fruit and chocolate flavours, with lesser amouhts of red cherry and black currant. The sweetness is the first sensation you get on the palate and continues to the finish. On the finish you get mouth watering acidity and pepperiness. The tannins are very light on this wine, and I think would help to bring a bit more structure to the wine. This wine will be a hit for those of you who like Apothic Red or Yellowtail wines. I think people who do not like tannic wines and just want something to sip at a party would enjoy this wine. The price is nice. In BC $14.99 a bottle.