360 years ago, exactly, the tall ship Gardiol dropped its sails in Table Bay. On board were three De Villiers brothers, Abram, Jacques and Pierre. They were the progenitors of the De Villiers family which has owned and managed the Landskroon Wine Estate for 5 generations since 1874. Each Patriarch has been called Paul.
Today Paul V is the Cellarmaster and he and Michiel du Toit, his winemaker are making some excellent wines. Regular Award Winners for their products, their Port Style Wine won The Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award for Paul. Port style wines, now called Cape Vintage, and red were the basis of the fine wines produced on the Estate. Today there is a choice of whites, two Chenins, a Sauvignon Blanc, the Paul Hugo White and a Blanc de Noir. Today is the day I talk about the Landskroon Cabernet Sauvignon 2017.
Grapes harvested on the estate were destalked and crushed and taken to open top fermenters. During the early part of fermentation, regular punch downs took place for maximum extraction of colour and soft tannins. Maturation in French oak barrels took place over 12 months. 5% of the barrels were new, the balance a mix of 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill in support of the fruit.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is the classic label Landskroon has used for a number of years. In the glass, the wine is a deep opaque bloodplum at the centre which pales to ruby at the edges. The aromas are pure Cabernet, lovely black berries and the undertow of oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla. From entry through the generously fruited mid palate and into the log and gently waning aftertaste, there is a thread of fine refreshing acidity. Berries again and sappy blueberries. Lovely unpretentious glass. Will reward with a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Landskroon Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is a wine for food, be it the Traditional Sunday Roast Lunch with the rustly roast potatoes and real gravy [I am a big fan of real gravy]. Do chill it for about 30 minutes for extra drinking pleasure. With any well cooked mid week supper dish would be a great match if you are looking for a bottle of excellent wine after a busy day. Nadia Graves’s Beef Short Rib in Red Wine & Port is a great partner. Click here to see her recipe and to have a look at her website.
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