‘Could 2017 prove to be an even better vintage than the much-acclaimed 2015 for South African Cabernet Sauvignon? asks Christian Eedes. We think so. It is definitely a vintage worthy of collecting. One of the first 2017s to impress is the Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – a stand-out at the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report.
The ‘King of Grapes’, as Cabernet is often called, is at its best when it maintains the fine line between finesse and power and Rust en Vrede’s 2017 Estate Vineyards is one such wine. It perfectly captures the essence of great single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. Besides its elegant balance and structure, it possesses fruit weight that will ensure decades of evolution ahead. We have only a limited allocation so be sure to stock up on some today.
Rust en Vrede, Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Matured for 18 months in French oak, 20% new. Red and black fruit, flowers and herbs plus some pencil shavings on the nose. The palate has a weightless intensity about it – pure fruit, vibrant acidity and chewy tannins. Balanced, layered and long. Has the structure to age with benefit for many years. – Winemag.co.za Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2019, 94/100