It is very special watching the 6th generation move into a family business as has happened with the De Villiers’s of Landskroon, their family owned and managed wine estate on the south western-slopes of the Paarl Mountain, facing out towards Table Mountain and to the left the crenelated Simonsberg. Hugo de Villiers, the latest family recruit, is responsible for labour, equipment and is Vineyardist on the estate. Hugo is the son of Paul and cousin to Huguette and Madelief who are involved in sales and marketing and administration respectively.
Cellarmaster Paul de Villiers and his four Paul antecedents made such a name for themselves making port style wines and great reds. Paul won the Diner’s Club Winemaker of the Year Award for his Port a couple of years ago.
While the cellar has been modernised and expanded since Paul’s father made wine there, the old time proven methods are still at work. The grapes for the Landskroon Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 were brought to the cellar and immediately destalked and taken to open top fermenters. Regular punch downs took place to extract as much aroma, flavour and tannins as needed.
Maturation took place over a 12-month period in French oak barrels. 5% of the barrels were new and the balance was 2nd, 3rd and 4th previously filled barrels. The wine was then prepared for bottling and will be good for drinking for anything up to 2020 should the wine be well cellared.
It looks like
Bottled under cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with a livery designed by Anthony Lane. In the glass a deep opaque plum at the core, paling to a crimson garnet at the edges.
It smells like
Dark berries, plums and oak spice.
It tastes like
From entry fills the mouth from front to back. Elegant full bodied. A generosity of fruit ameliorated by soft tannins subtly interwoven. Refreshing acidity continues into the aftertaste.
It’s good with
Cabernet is made for food, though is good as ‘that bottle after dinner’ for contemplation and discussion. The sort of dish it would match to perfection is Nina Timm’s Colonel Harland