Neethlingshof Estate

The Caracal The Short Story Collection Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.0107 ratings
8.93 pro ratings
Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Duck, Blue Cheese
Top Notes For
Byron C Mayes

Dark purple. Abundant nose of black currant and graphite. Medium palate echoes the nose with medium plus acidity and medium plus tannins. Medium long finish. A tasty, South African Bordeaux style blend that’s fit for Sunday but priced for Thursday. Elegance without extravagance. Drink now through 2023.

Dark purple. Abundant nose of black currant and graphite. Medium palate echoes the nose with medium plus acidity and medium plus tannins. Medium long finish. A tasty, South African Bordeaux style blend that’s fit for Sunday but priced for Thursday. Elegance without extravagance. Drink now through 2023.

Oct 7th, 2021
Lisa Stevens

Lisa had this 6 years ago

Lisa had this 6 years ago

1 person found it helpfulDec 20th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

Game day wine and Thai food with India. I do not know much about Neethingshof Estate but love South African wine and was willing to try this out to see if it has a good QPR. The color is dark ruby red. The nose of this is very intriguing. Within the nose there is smoke, dry grass, bell peppers, plum and peppercorn. The palate is very savory, I really enjoy that in a wine, and is very smooth and rolls down your tongue. There are moderate round tannins with a moderate body, and lingers for a few seconds for a moderate finish. Overall a great wine that I am surprised with the quality at the price point $19.99. This wine can age nicely over the next few years. One of my favorite QPRs to date.

Game day wine and Thai food with India. I do not know much about Neethingshof Estate but love South African wine and was willing to try this out to see if it has a good QPR. The color is dark ruby red. The nose of this is very intriguing. Within the nose there is smoke, dry grass, bell peppers, plum and peppercorn. The palate is very savory, I really enjoy that in a wine, and is very smooth and rolls down your tongue. There are moderate round tannins with a moderate body, and lingers for a few seconds for a moderate finish. Overall a great wine that I am surprised with the quality at the price point $19.99. This wine can age nicely over the next few years. One of my favorite QPRs to date.

1 person found it helpfulOct 26th, 2015
"Odedi"

Nice color of burgundy, with a wide brick rim.

Strong nose of black currants, flowers, prunes, bell pepper, barnyard, earth, green vegetables, bitter herbs, cloves, chocolates, wood, forest floor, smoke, black pepper and spices.

Medium bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, prunes, bell pepper, vegetables, herbs, light milk chocolate, earth, spices, pencil lead and black pepper.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tart cherries.

This South African Bordeaux blend is earthy and balanced. Not very complex, but very pleasurable. Stinky, yet interesting.

An old world red wine with a touch of the new world, with a soft and gentle mouthfeel and a nice grip. A little hot at the back of the throat.

Needs to be opened for an hour or two. Good by itself or with food. I would like to meet it again in a couple of years.

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

14% alcohol by volume.

Nice color of burgundy, with a wide brick rim.

Strong nose of black currants, flowers, prunes, bell pepper, barnyard, earth, green vegetables, bitter herbs, cloves, chocolates, wood, forest floor, smoke, black pepper and spices.

Medium bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, prunes, bell pepper, vegetables, herbs, light milk chocolate, earth, spices, pencil lead and black pepper.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tart cherries.

This South African Bordeaux blend is earthy and balanced. Not very complex, but very pleasurable. Stinky, yet interesting.

An old world red wine with a touch of the new world, with a soft and gentle mouthfeel and a nice grip. A little hot at the back of the throat.

Needs to be opened for an hour or two. Good by itself or with food. I would like to meet it again in a couple of years.

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

14% alcohol by volume.

Apr 23rd, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.9

Medium ruby red. Slightly savory to start on the nose with some earthy notes and iron. Opened up with an undertone of dark dried berries and dark cocoa. Moderate tannins (5.5/10) and medium bodied. Dried berries and earthy notes on the palate. Slight dry medium finish. Nothing too complex about this wine, just a great everyday drinker. Drink till 2019.

Medium ruby red. Slightly savory to start on the nose with some earthy notes and iron. Opened up with an undertone of dark dried berries and dark cocoa. Moderate tannins (5.5/10) and medium bodied. Dried berries and earthy notes on the palate. Slight dry medium finish. Nothing too complex about this wine, just a great everyday drinker. Drink till 2019.

Jan 17th, 2017
Tom Kobylarz

Has what I find typical in a South African red with forest floor, underbrush, bell pepper and some jammy, though not heavy, currants and blackberry spiked with mint. Full bodied with ripe and polished tannin. Excellent value at about $20.

Has what I find typical in a South African red with forest floor, underbrush, bell pepper and some jammy, though not heavy, currants and blackberry spiked with mint. Full bodied with ripe and polished tannin. Excellent value at about $20.

Nov 28th, 2015
Olivia Wise

Cherry & red fruits. Tannin level is palatable and not too heavy. Slightly acidic with a soft oak finish. Would pair with red meats, roasted veggies, or a hearty soup.

Cherry & red fruits. Tannin level is palatable and not too heavy. Slightly acidic with a soft oak finish. Would pair with red meats, roasted veggies, or a hearty soup.

Feb 23rd, 2023
Christopher Friend

Liqour Boy - Good Buy!

Liqour Boy - Good Buy!

May 20th, 2022
Rich Roberts

Very good for the price, easy drinking blend, definitely buy again.

Very good for the price, easy drinking blend, definitely buy again.

Mar 12th, 2022
Joe F.
8.7

Very dark and spicy, pears well well with food.. not a sipping wine.

Very dark and spicy, pears well well with food.. not a sipping wine.

Feb 19th, 2022