Western Cape Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Greg Ballington

Second of the reds in our South African blind tasting. Definitely has some age as can be seen by the deep garnet core, bricking on the edges and more translucent. Lots of South African funk on the nose, a bit stinky with notes of pepper and light red berries. Medium tannins (5/10) and medium bodied. Earthy on the palate with red plums, cherries and crushed gravel with a medium to medium plus finish. This bottle has definitely aged gracefully, seemed a lot younger on the palate, maybe around ten years, not seventeen. Drink now. โ€” 14 days ago

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I think the slight knock on it was you & your dad had this Merlot in years passed ...thought it had a bit more fruit to it. I had a healthy glass of this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would have never guessed this to be a Merlot. Need to try a few more vintages of this ๐Ÿ˜‰

De Toren

Fusion V Stellenbosch Red Blend 2014

Greg Ballington

Deep ruby red. Savory notes on the nose, a bit meaty, cherries and herbal notes. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. A little bit of bitter dark cocoa, leather, herbal notes, and dark cherries. Dry and long finish. Drink till 2028. โ€” 17 days ago

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Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

From Magnum. Leeuwin Estateโ€™s Cabernets are becoming as good as their famous Chardonnays. Herbaceous with cassis mineral and savoury tannins. Not as full bodied as the 707 which followed but this is more Text Book Left Bank Cabernet with a long life ahead. Excellent. โ€” 2 days ago

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Delaire (Laurence Graff Wines)

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Greg Ballington

Last of the reds in our South African blind tasting. First reserve wine we have tried from Delaire Graff, interested in trying some more of their wines. Deep ruby core with garnet edges. Herbal notes on the nose with some cherries. Solid acidity and medium tannins (6/10). Medium bodied with some nice complexity on the palate. Notes of cherries, blackberries, cassis, spices, mint, herbal and earthiness. Dry with a medium plus to long finish. Drink till 2020. โ€” 14 days ago

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Private Collection Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Unbelievable wine from South Africa that is now 17 years old. Massive bouquet, dark fruit that has a real old world feel to it. Waves of earth and lingering smoke from a campfire fill the nose. This is a gorgeous supple wine that is just amazing.....the finish is long and luxurious. Soooo Happy this survived 3 continents, 10,000 miles of travel and all the cellar moves.... โ€” 22 days ago

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Kirk Feyereisen

Going deep early I see @Michael Mathews
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Pacing pacing. But we are going deep. Deep. Deep.

Ernie Els

Signature Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Garnet, crushed limestone and leather aromas, blueberry, cherry cola, full bodied with good structure fresh acidity and silky tannins. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿท โ€” 5 days ago


Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

At home drinking with family, crisp dry taste. Good with left overs. โ€” 2 months ago


De Compostella Cabernet Franc Blend 2013

Greg Ballington

Seventh red in our South African blind tasting. One of the best Bordeaux blends out of South Africa. Dark purplish ruby red. Dark berries on the nose, lots of chalk and bell peppers. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Earthy palate with chalky elements. A little green and lots of red berries. Incredible structure and killer backbone. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2034. โ€” 14 days ago

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@Greg Ballington I tried to revisit this, it was all gone.


Grand Reserve Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2001

Oh boy....90 min decant time has given this Grand Reserve South African cab all the air it needs. Huge fruit and intense oak are very present. Touches of cedar, pepper and mint follow a really substantial finish and a juicy full mouth feel. This is massive wine with great structure and just quintessentially SA. Reminds me of our time in the African Bush tracking wild game, and having drinks in the safety of our trackers as we wondered around the plains near our open-air LandRover. โ€” 22 days ago

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Rick Zywotko

Oh man.....love a good solid merlot...so underated!!


The Mentors Orchestra Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

Big. Wow. Not overpowering. Pepper and jam. Best wine Iโ€™ve had in a few months. Perhaps this year. โ€” 18 days ago

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