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2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve *Limited Stock*

£47.50 per bottle

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"In a year when the 2022 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign has flopped because of high prices,Cabernet Sauvignon lovers would be well advised to buy a case or two of this world-class red from a family that's rightly associated with high-class Stellenbosch alternatives to the wines of the Médoc. One of the best-ever reds from the region, made with components from five different vineyards, this has an incredible perfume of mountain herbs, fennel and coffee beans, layered, patrician tannins, amazing energy and density and a fruit bowl of plum, damson, blueberry and blackcurrant. What a wine! The Latour of South Africa. 2026-40"
99 points, Tim Atkin MW

This World class Cabernet is consistently rated as one of South Africa's benchmarks for quality and with a host of accolades to prove it. Most recently 'Best in Show' at Decanter World Wine Awards for the 2020 vintage.

Reserve status is only endowed if the grapes and resulting wine measures up to exceptional standard. Hand selected grapes from older, lower yielding vines are used, 65% from the Helderberg Coastal area, 22% from the Simonsberg and 13% from Helderberg Mountain. Fermentation is made with a selected yeast strain under controlled temperatures. Manual plunging during this period ensures optimal colour extraction. After five days the tanks are closed and allowed to macerate for a further period, normally 10-14 days. Pressing follows and the wine is transferred to French oak barriques (76% new) for malolactic fermentation. After a year in barrel the individual batches are blended to form the final wine and returned to barrel for another year. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Matured in bottle for one year before release.

Ripe and opulent on the nose with classic Cabernet aromas of blackcurrants, black cherry and plum with cedar spice. The palate is rich and velvety yet remarkably fresh and linear, showcasing black fruit, a creamy mouthfeel and dark chocolate flavours balanced by round, structured tannins. A wine with a wonderfully long, complex finish and great potential for further maturation.

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