Review: Herding Cats 2006

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Herding Cats 2006

Herding Cats is a merlot/pinotage (80/20) blend from South Africa, and was strictly a “label purchase” only because I’ve never heard of the winery or brand.  There were no references to the winery, so if you know who the winery is let me know.  The wine is imported by Underdog Wine Merchants.

herding cats merlot

Does "herding cats" inspire a relaxing glass of wine? I'd need a glass of wine after herding cats, so maybe.


The first thing you’ll notice about Herding Cats is that it is a screw top.  I have no romantic associations with corks, and I appreciate the practical closure.  The wine has a really good dark color–opaque burgundy.  The wine is clear (it isn’t opaque from cloudiness), it just has a very deep color.


Herding Cats has a very strong aroma.  It’s not a bad scent that you might expect from a cat, the aroma is really pleasant.  I could smell the wine a good foot from my nose.  The scent really hits you.  You could smell a bit of the alcohol, but you really could pick up strong scents of blackberries.


The flavor seemed a bit tart for either merlot or pinotage.  I could feel a slight burn from the alcohol as it went down.  The wine does have a distinct flavor that I found hard to place.  The wine is a bit different.  I was expecting a bit more fruitiness from the wine description, but I found it to be quite dry.


The wine has a cool looking screw top


I don’t think I’d drink this wine alone, but would be good with food.  This wine should be very good with a meat dish.  I think meat flavors would really smooth out the slight harshness of the wine.  For the price, this wine is pretty solid.  This wine gets 7 scattered felines out of 10.

Winery: Unknown (Imported by Underdog Wine Merchants)
Country of Origin: South Africa, Western Cape
Grape: 80% Merlot 20% Pinotage
ABV: Unknown
Price: $9

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DJ Spiess

DJ Spiess

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I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!