Landskroon Paul de Villiers Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 & Justine Wall’s Beef Cobbler – 31.03.2017

Landskroon Paul de Villiers Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

For the five generations that the de Villiers family have owned Landskroon, there has always been a Paul de Villiers as the Cellarmaster.  The current Paul is a winner of the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award for his fabulous Port Style wines.

Paul & Nelie de Villers

Owned and managed by the de Villiers family, there are two cousins, Huguette and Madelief, and Paul’s son Hugo involved in the operation of the Estate.

The Landskroon Paul de Villiers Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is one of the premium range of the Estate’s wine. The selected grapes come off the Estate’s vineyards and after harvest, they are destalked and then cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. Regular punch downs allowed for gentle tannins and colour extraction. Both modern and traditional methods used in the elevation in the cellar.

Landskroon Winemaker, Michiel du Toit

Paul, and his winemaker Michiel du Toit, used an interesting oak regime for the 16-month maturation.  70% French and 30% American oak barrels. The new barrel component was 63% and the remainder of the barrels were first fill. The wine was then prepared for bottling.

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes ripening on the vine

It looks like
Bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottle under cork.  Elegant black label.  In the glass, a deep Satsuma plum red at the core which pales out to ruby at the meniscus.

It smells like
All the traditional Cabernet aromas.  Blackcurrant, blueberry. Elegant oak.

It tastes like
Rich red and black berries. Ripe bloodplums. The oak so supportive of the fruit. I loved the touch of the American oak.  Full mid palate and an aftertaste in which the tannins and acidity are superbly interwoven.

Justine Wall’s Beef Cobbler

It’s good with
Elegant glass, perhaps as an after-dinner bottle for some serious conversation.  This is a supreme food wine and a bottle that I really enjoyed. It is made for the perfect Sunday Lunch Roast with the crispy roast potatoes and real gravy.  Also for a well-cooked mid-week supper when the pressures of the day call for a sublime wine. And for this midweek supper Justine Wall’s Beef Cobbler hits the spot.  I don’t know why we as South African cooks don’t use this type of topping more often. Click here for Justine’s recipe.

Justine Wall in her Wiltshire Garden

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