Hailing from the hot Swartland region of South Africa, This is quite a full style of cab sav that shows plenty of ripe blackcurrants, dark chocolate, crushed leaves and plum jam on the nose, whilst the palate is fuller-bodied with almost confected dark fruit flavours, a slight grip to the tannins, and a relatively smooth, juicy, fruit-sweet finish. Needs a chunk of steak for company!
Dry land vines. Warm summers and cold, wet winters. Limited irrigation, mainly dry land and bush vine vineyards. All wines are aged in one-third new, one-third second and one-third third fill French oak barrels for up to 14 months.
Appearance: Deep, ruby red colour on the rim, almost black in the heart of the glass.
Nose: Intense dark fruit, aromas of violet and a touch of darkest chocolate on the nose make
this a typical Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate black cherries and ripe dark forest
fruits are supported by bold but smooth tannins.
Palate: Well structured but silky smooth tannin, covered with an explosion of
characteristic cassis fruit and blackberries, and finish with a lingering chocolaty aftertaste.
Food: Rich meaty stews, pastas or game dishes. Roasted Karoo Lamb rump and Rosemary infused Ratatouille is also a great companion to this wooded Cabernet.
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar for 3 years.
Reviews and Accolades
Red - Still Dry - Intense cassis and cigar box nose with lots more lifted cassis and juicy jammy notes on the palate. Bronze Medal / 3 Stars - Decanter World Wine Awards, 2013.