On the 19th and 20th of October, the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective is hosting a preview tasting of the 2017 Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignons at Lanzerac. The walk-around tasting will feature 2017 Cabernets from 30 esteemed Stellenbosch estates. Guests will be able to sample all the wines and enjoy a selection of paired canapés.
Two masterclass tastings will be on offer – the Stellenbosch Heritage (R650 pp) and International Icon tastings (R1,250 pp). The Heritage presentation will showcase older-vintage Stellenbosch Cabernets as well as some younger examples. The International Icon masterclass will be presented by a top-rated international personality from a well-known Cabernet-producing estate.
Christian Eedes, Roland Peens and James Pietersen were invited to a en-primeur tasting of 25 of the wines in September. ‘We tasted blind,’ says Christian, ‘ratings done according to the 100-point system, wines accorded a three-point spread of points given that they are unfinished.’ View the panel’s ratings.
‘On the whole, 2017 looks like it was a very good vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon from this famed district and could be even better than much-acclaimed 2015 although it is too early to make this judgement with any real conviction. The panel was generally impressed by the fruit power on display – overt pyrazine character and the debilitating effects of leaf-roll virus were not an issue.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za
All the 2017s will be available for purchase at pre-release prices on the 19th and 20th of October and all orders will be collated by our Wine Cellar team. Your 2017 purchases can be cellared in our specialised, temperature-controlled cellars and consolidated before delivery. For more information, visit www.stellenboschcabernet.co.za
Dates: Friday, 19 October and Saturday, 20 October
Venue: Lanzerac Hotel and Spa
Tickets: Available at www.computicket.co.za