As someone who remembers when the only place you get the fabulous KWV Roodeberg wine was on SAA international, I follow its progress avidly. Delighted to report that the commemorative Roodeberg 1949 red blend has been selected as one of Decanter’s 2022 Wines of the Year. A gold medallist with a score of 96/100, the maiden 2017 vintage also excelled in the London based 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards.


Adding depth to the illustrious 70 year old Roodeberg brand legacy, this multi-faceted, ultra-premium blend embraces the revival of exciting French and Spanish varieties. The new 2018 vintage just released, is a consummate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Carignan, Carménère, Petit Verdot and Grenache noir.


Each variety brings something unique to the blend resulting in a wine of exceptional concentration and finesse. Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo lend structure and intensity, while the Carignan and Carménère contribute spicy intrigue and depth of flavour.


Greg Sherwood, UK Master of Wine considers the 2018 vintage “another very impressive creation and a very worthy follow-up blend.”

“Much like the maiden release, the new Roodeberg 1949 displays wonderfully seductive aromatics,” is how Sherwood defines the inviting bouquet. He is equally complimentary about the palate, pronouncing the texture as “drop dead gorgeous.”



This concentrated, deep ruby red blend has generous aromas of dark cherry, blackcurrant and dried herbs, followed by a mouthful of cinnamon, sweet spice and ripe, juicy dark fruit. Firm tannins lend structure and an enduring finish.


This is a wine that is imminently drinkable and accessibly yet complex enough to age beautifully. A bargain at R240 at the cellar.


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