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Tasting of Charles Lang & Sons - 22nd August '23

On the 22nd of August Rick Cloete visited Vats and presented the wines of Charles Lang & Sons. This is the first time we have tasted all the wines together. The value for money of these wines, together with quality is exceptional. Rick’s knowledge of these wines, as well as his presentation, was simply excellent. The following is the tasting, the comments of the tasters and the scores (prices included FYI).


1. Charles Lang & Daughter Sauvignon Blanc 2022 (R45.00)

Colour- light green-gold. Nose- passion fruit, flint, asparagus, hay and grass. Palate- crisp acidity, soft, green grass, peach, pears, passion fruit, with a lovely minerality.

Score- 15.27.


2. Charles Lang & Sons Merlot 2022 (R45.00)

Colour- inky red, gradating slightly to a red rim. Nose- black and red cherry, green herbs, cassis, chocolate, Christmas cake, slightly floral. Palate- crisp acidity, soft tannins, caramel, toffee, Christmas cake, black cherry, chocolate, spice, pepper, almonds, chalky on the finish.

Score- 15.46.


3. Charles Lang & Sons Pinotage 2021 (R45.00)

Colour- inky purple-red, gradating slightly to a garnet rim. Nose- dusty, perfumed, plum. Palate- crisp acidity, soft but firm tannins, plum, red and black cherry, palate almost chewy, with lots of spice that lingers to the finish.

Score- 16.57.


4. Charles Lang & Sons Malbec 2021 (R45.00)

Colour- inky purple-red, gradating slightly to a red rim. Nose- raisins, aniseed, black berries and cherries, herbs, spice and mulberries. Palate- crisp acidity, firm but soft tannins, mulberry, raisins, black cherry and berries, Port like, jammy.

Score- 16.39.


5. Charles Lang & Sons Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (R45.00)

Colour- inky red, with no gradation to a red rim. Nose- chocolate, Christmas cake, black cherry, raspberry, lead pencil, cassis. Palate- crisp acidity, firm tannins, cassis, black cherry, bitter cherry, chocolate that lingers to the finish.

Score- 16.46.


6. Charles Lang & Sons Shiraz 2021 (R45.00)

Colour- inky red, with no gradation to a red rim. Nose- chocolate, mint, spice, leather, caramel. Palate- crisp acidity, soft tannins, white pepper, spice, caramel, toffee, black fruits and cherries that linger to the finish.

Score- 15.85.




7. Charles Lang & Sons Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Ruby Cabernet, Shiraz, Pinotage, Carignan) 2021 (R45.00)

Colour- inky red, with no gradation to a red rim. Nose- spice, chocolate, meaty, smoky, cranberry, raspberry, black berry. Palate- crisp acidity, soft but firm tannins, meaty, salty, chocolate, raspberry, cranberry, black currants and cherries.

Score- 16.54.


8. Charles Lang & Sons Natural Sweet Red (Cabernet Franc) NV (R45.00)

Colour- light red, gradating to a clear rim. Nose- cherry, plum, caramel, toffee, plum, raisin. Palate- crisp acidity, almost no tannins, caramel, chocolate, plum, raisins, black cherry that lingers to a sweet fruit finish.

Score- 15.90.


Wow a very interesting tasting, filled with fantastic surprises. At the start of the tasting Rick served us a welcoming Sparkling wine of JC Le Roux Sauvignon Blanc NV, which scored 15.25. Charles Lang and Sons is definitely a brand to find on the shelves, quality with awesome price!!! The labels also really stand out on the shelf. Thanks to Rick for a really great tasting. The stars of the tasting were most definitely that Pinotage, the Red Blend (0.033 in score less than the Pinotage), the Cabernet Sauvignon (0.076 less than the blend) and that real characteristic Malbec!


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