IT’S INTERNATIONAL CABERNET SAUVIGNON DAY TODAY – HERE ARE SOME OF MY CURRENT FAVOURITES…

International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

Each year on September 2nd, we celebrate Cabernet Sauvignon, the King of Wine Grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon is a child of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, both noble Bordeaux grapes, resulting from a vineyard crossing in the distant past.

Here are some we have drunk recently and enjoyed…

De Grendel Rubaiyat 2016

Charles Hopkins, Founding Cellarmaster, has made a gem of a wine here. Packed a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is simple elegant De Grendel. In the glass, the wine is a deep opaque bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the rim. The aromas segue into the palate which is supported by satiny tannins, a vibrant acidity and oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla. There is a mass of crushed berries, cherries, roadside brambles and crème de Cassis. There is a undertow of savoury with a black olive tapenade and a fynbos herbaceousness. A truly impressive glass which will age well with cool cellaring for anything up to 12 years from vintage.

Charles Hopkins, Founding Cellarmaster at De Grendel Wine Estate

Read more about De Grendel Wine Estate – CLICK HERE

Delaire Graff Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2018

Elegantly packed in a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is as simple and elegant as all Delaire Graff Wines. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heat, which pales out to ruby at the edges. Aromas segue onto the palate, blackcurrant, berry and cherry fruits with the oak in support with its concomitant spice and vanilla. Complex, layered, long aftertaste, this is a seriously impressive wine. Should age well for a further 6 plus years.

Morné Vrey, Delaire Graff Winemaker

Read more about Delaire Graff Wine Estate – CLICK HERE

De Wetshof Naissance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Classic Bordeaux flavours in one of the great noble varieties. Packed in a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. Dark in the glass at the heart and ruby at the edges. On the nose, there are the expected aromas of Crème de Cassis, dark Belgian chocolate and graphite. The palate, on entry is blessed with a fine raspberry acidity which goes into the long and gently waning aftertaste. Beautiful fruit, beautiful balance, this is a wine of substance. Perfect as an after dinner sipper, with shards of Dalewood Fromage Huguenot.

Peter de Wet, 3rd generation winemaker at De Wetshof

Read more about De Wetshof Wine Estate – CLICK HERE

Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve The Castle of Good Hope Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Founding Cellarmaster, Martin Moore and his Red Wine Specialist, Wilhelm Coetzee have made a stonker here. Beautiful label design by Theo Vorster. In the glass, a bloodplum red in colour which pale out to ruby at the edges. Black currant aromas are supported by dark mint chocolate, graphite, and crushed tomato leaf. Big wine, yet restrained and elegant, layered with great fruit, silken tannins and a long gently waning aftertaste.

Red Wine Specialist at Durbanville Hills, Wilhelm Coetzee

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Landskroon Paul de Villiers Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Part of the Flagship Range of the Estate, The Paul de Villiers Wines. For 5 generations, a Paul has been Cellarmaster. Fermented in Stainless Steel tanks and the wine matured for 16 months in 70% French Oak Barrels and 30% American White Oak. 63% of the barrels were new with the balance being 2nd fill. Deep plum colour in the glass. Aromas are of the expected blackcurrant, mulberries and the oak with its concomitant spice and vanilla. The palate is plush, dark berry and cherry fruit forward with a long aftertaste. Fine glass from the De Villiers Family in the Paarl Wine Appellation.

Paul de Villiers, 5th Generation Cellarmaster at Landskroon

Read more about Landskroon Wine Estate – CLICK HERE

Oldenburg Vineyards Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

From the cool Banghoek Valley in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, where Cabernet Sauvignon has found an ideal home. As the vines have matured, so have the wines. In the glass, a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are very fruit forward. The expected blackcurrants are joined by mulberries, plums and pencil shavings. The palate is rich and fruit generous, with the raspberry acidity and the well-integrated tannins making for a velvet finish. Eminently drinkable now, though will reward you with a couple of years of cool cellaring.

Nic van Aarde, Oldenburg Vineyards Winemaker

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Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

We tasted this wine earlier this week, and my notes read like this. Pour from a Bordeaux bottle closed with natural cork. The label is simple and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a deep plum colour at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are classic Cabernet Sauvignon – blackcurrants, blueberries, pencil shavings and a fynbos herbaceousness. The palate from entry is packed with fruit, with a fine line of raspberry acidity and satin smooth tannins. The oak, its presence show by concomitant spice and vanilla is in perfect support of the fruit. An impressive glass. While eminently drinkable now, the wine will reward you after about 6 to 8 years of cool cellaring.

Johan Malan, Production Director of Simonsig

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Spier 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

A flagship wine of the Estate. Wonder who went round and counted the gables at Spier?  Elegantly packaged. In the glass, the wine is a deep ruby red which pales out to garnet at the edges. The aromas are of blackcurrants, blueberries, Palma Violet Dragées and the oak and its concomitant vanilla and brown kitchen spices. The palate is full, rich and weighty. Brilliant fruit and well-structured with its tannins. Excellent glass with a plush full mouthfeel.

Spier Cellar Master – Johan Jordaan

Read more about Spier Wine Farm – CLICK HEREStellekaya Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Jane and David Lello own Stellekaya Wines. Rose Kruger is their wine maker. Every glass of any of their wines is a total joy. We have tasted a range of their wines over recent months. Rose certainly has a ‘fix’ on what the vineyards can provide and what she can do with the grapes. Elegantly packaged with a starry label which will change soon. Aromas of blackcurrant liqueur, and the oak with its brown spices, vanilla, crushed roadside fennel seeds and a fynbos herbaceousness. The palate is fully flavoured with all the elements coming together harmoniously in the long satisfying aftertaste.

Rose Kruger, Stellekaya Wine Maker

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Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

The Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a product of the final year of the awful drought which was eventually broken in Winter of that year. Flo Beukes, the Vineyardist, provided fine grapes for Boela Gerber to elevate in the cellar. The wine matured for 14 months in 225ltr French oak barrels, of which 34% were new French oak, 28% 2nd fill, 25% 3rd fill, and 13% 4th fill barrels. The aromas are of what one expects from a fine Cabernet Sauvignon, ripe black fruit like plums and black berries and cherries, with dark chocolate and a fynbos herbaceousness. The palate is rich and generous, the French Oak Barrels are present in the form of sweet brown spice and vanilla. There is a lovely undertow of raspberry acidity, and the well-structured tannins point to the ability for the wine to mature well with cool cellaring.

Boela Gerber, Winemaker, and ‘Flo’ Beukes, the Estate’s Vineyardist

Read more about Groot Constantia Wines – CLICK HERE

Dalewood Fromage Huguenot

About food with Cabernet
Cabernet Sauvignon is a fine food wine and goes well with almost any form of Beef, Lamb and Pork from out of a pan, under the grill, off the coals, out of the oven or from a casserole. It is also excellent, at the end of a meal, with some shards of a fine Estate produced cheese like the Dalewood Fromage Huguenot produced by a pasture fed flock of Jersey Cows. Click HERE to read more.

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