Country: South Africa
Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
South African Cabernet Sauvignon is always a hotly fought category in the Decanter World Wine Awards, and this year was no exception. The wine which emerged with the laurel wreath and a spot in our top 50 Best In Show is one of the most remotely sited in the country, hidden away in the high Cederberg. It’s tempting to see a mountain purity in this dark wine, and the altitude can surely be read in the freshness of its blackcurrant fruits and their near-leafy charm. Those fruits drive through the palate with remarkable purity, length and, once again, freshness; it carries its alcohol with ease; and the finish is clean and bright. The tannins are soft, almost hidden behind the acidity, but they are there to bring a touch of cleansing bitterness which refreshes further.
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