Updated: Mar 30, 2020
I looooove a good cabernet. Love. Perhaps a little extra if it on top of the juicy fruitiness has serious structure with, for example, a bit of spiciness and toasted notes from new french oak- thus leaning towards a style more commonly found in France or the Old World.
The reputable South African producer Spier is most definitely in this category with their 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon. And yes, the 21 gables is still there, on the estate in Stellenbosch that was founded back in 1692. Respect. Spier has won countless awards and is considered one of the best winemakers in SA. Only 7 km from False Bay the cool sea breeze helps in moderating the temperature in the vineyards and to keep the bunches dry. This way the grapes can also hang longer on the vine and get a bit of extra fenolic ripeness. The soil is tough, mostly granit, and keeps water well.
It is well known that on top of producing top wines, Spier Wines works responsibly and in harmony with nature as well as taking great care of wine tourists and visitors. The stunning estate and stellar wines attract quite the crowd. Also in this field they have harvested more than a few prestigeous prizes.
2015 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon, Spier Wines Stellenbosch, Western Cape, SA
This wine shows excellent structure, elegance if you may, with enough tannins for great balance without being too grippy. Juicy acidity and cassis fruit, dark plum, herbaceous notes of mint, licorice root, black tea and green bell pepper together with toasted cacao beans, tobacco leaf and ceder wood. Lingering after taste leaving you wanting more. Bang for your buck indeed.
SWEDEN: Artikelnummer 2064, 199 Sek Approx. 23 GBP Sterling
Approx. 29 USD