The 7th Winemag Cabernet Sauvignon report by Prescient produced an unprecedented number of 90+ scores, forty to be exact, emphasising the high quality of SA Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the…

The 7th Winemag Cabernet Sauvignon report by Prescient produced an unprecedented number of 90+ scores, forty to be exact, emphasising the high quality of SA Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the 2015 vintage. This is a game-changing vintage and will be repeated many times going forward. Cabernet has reached a tipping point with the release of the 2015s and, to highlight this fact, we have selected 4 wines from this dream vintage that shoot the lights out for their sheer value.

In March last year, Wine Cellar offered 23 Stellenbosch Cabernets en-primeur and now we will be offering all the top wines as they are released. Keep up to date on our website. For more information on the impact of the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignons, read this article.

With 95 points, the Nederburg The Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 impressed judges at the latest Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report by Winemag. Achieving the highest score of all the wines entered, it is full of charm with a plush finish. View the full report.

The Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is classically styled with dry, firm tannins similar to the organically-farmed, fine Joostenberg Philip Albert Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. These last two are a bit more serious and are likely to mature well until 2025. At just over a R100 per bottle and offering wonderful fruit purity, the Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 rounds out our 2015 value offering!

Expect the average price of Cabernet Sauvignon, from Stellenbosch in particular, to increase well above inflation moving forward. The top 2015s will age for many decades so ignore the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage at your peril.’ – Roland Peens

Tasting notes:

Nederburg, The Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – R 175
A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon (sourced from Paarl and Groenekloof), 12% Merlot and 2% Tannat. Matured for 18 months in a combination of new, second- and third-fill barrels, 93% French and 7% American oak. Red and black fruit, some floral perfume, fresh herbs and attractive oak on the nose. The palate shows great fruit density without sacrificing freshness, while the tannins are particularly fine. Very well put together. – Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2018, 95/100

Neil Ellis, Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – R 165
Deep, dark garnet colour and a bright ruby edge with aromas of black current, plum and spicy peppery notes with hints of liquorice. The palate shows dark fruit and spice supported by fine but firm tannins. This wine is youthful and fresh with a long lingering finish. – Neil Ellis, Winemaker

Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2018 – 90/100

Joostenberg, Philip Albert Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – R 165
Now in its second vintage, this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 11% Merlot, aged in 30% new oak. Like all the Joostenberg reds, it’s distinguished by its fine tannins, elegant fruit flavours and freshness, especially for Paarl. Grassy, smooth and well balanced. Drink: 2018-23. – Tim Atkin MW, 91/100

Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2018 – 90/100

Glenelly, Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – R 105
Classic Stellenbosch Cabernet, with a fresh, leafy lift to the bright red and darker fruit profile. The fruit purity, linear profile and lovely detail express the vibrancy and terroir of the Glenelly estate. An absolute bargain, medium-bodied and best drunk in the next 5 years or so. – James Pietersen (May 2018)

Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2018 – 91/100

 

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