Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
From: Martin Meinert and Brendan Butler make a very small and personalised range of wines in limited quantities at the hillside Devon Crest vineyard outside Stellenbosch. Each wine is created with much thought and care to ensure uniqueness and individual character.
Vineyards: Reintroduced to our range in 2006, Cabernet Sauvignon has replaced our former Bordeaux blend Devon Crest, which is still fondly mourned. I believe Cabernet Sauvignon is particularly suited to our vineyard and thus important to showcase. Our soils, which are deep and well drained with high clay content, and the low yields define our wines. Vines receive supplementary irrigation. Average yield 5 tons/ha.
Cultivar: Cabernet Sauvignon with a dollop of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot for good measure.
Winemaking: Fermented with natural yeasts, made in classic low intervention manner, no extended skin maceration. Aged for 24 months in new (15%), second and third fill French Oak barrels. In keeping with a naturalist approach to winemaking, this wine is lightly filtered prior bottling in January 2018 and as such a harmless sediment may develop over time.
Alcohol 13.5 vol%
Residual sugar 3.0 g/l
Total acidity 5.60 g/l
Total extract 28.4 g/l
Comments: Dense deep fresh red colour. The nose displays red berries, typical Cabernet herbs, spicy toasty oak and tobacco. Mouth filling but soft on entry, lingers gently and long on the finish. Should match well with Tuscan style veal, wild boar or warthog with truffled mash and of course a well-aged piece of beef like prime rib, especially with reduced rich sauces. Or venison – we enjoyed it with eland. Drink now and until about 2030. The charm of the vintage is in its gentle character rather than its ability to age, I think.
- National Wine Challenge (Top 100): 2018 – Double Silver
- Decanter World Wine Awards: 2018 – 88 points
- Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show: 2018 – Bronze
- Platter’s South African Wine Guide: 2019 – **** (4)
- Winemag Cabernet Sauvignon Report: 2019 – 88 points
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