A thick-skinned, late-ripening variety that performs best in the warm, gravelly soils of the Médoc in Bordeaux. Cabernet can be herbaceous when a little unripe with capsicum notes, becoming blackcurranty or cassis-like often with cedary, musky and spicy qualities. Its assertive tannins and affinity with oak allow the wines to improve in bottle over years if not decades. It is equally capable of producing affordable, everyday reds in regions like the south of France’s pays d’Oc and Chile as well as wines with real finesse and class, the best of which come from Bordeaux, California and parts of Tuscany and Australia.
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Château Bel Air Perponcher Réserve Rouge
A charming and harmonious wine with generous and ample structure. The Merlot-driven palate gives full fruit flavours and a supple mouth-feel.
Château Cap de Merle
A lush, round, balanced wine with notes of dark fruit, plums, and chocolate. A silky mouthfeel, generous but not overwhelming tannins and a long, dark finish with notes of espresso, chocolate and anise. An elegant wine to enjoy.
Chemin des Pelerins Rouge
Plenty of intriguing character for an everyday red: cassis-rich black fruit with spicy and liquorice hints. The mouth is powerful yet supple with silky tannins. Consistent and balanced.
Clos de Gat Chanson Rouge 2015
This vintage clearly reflects the “terroir” characteristics inherent in the wines of Clos de Gat. The wine has an intense dark purple colour, is finely structured, medium-bodied and has lingering aromas of black and red berry fruits. On the palate, it is intensely fresh with good acidity and well-integrated tannins. The finish is long and lively with lingering spicy and savoury Mediterranean flavours.
Clos de Gat Har’el Syrah 2011
The wine has a deep, dense purple colour. On the nose, it is intense and complex, discreetly oaked with classical warm peppery and red fruit aromas. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, well-balanced and spicily fresh with good acidity and well-integrated tannins. The finish is long, lively and elegant.
Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
An intense dark, garnet red colour. Elegant and complex aromas with ripe red fruits and notes of cedar and chocolate. The palate is well-structured and nicely concentrated. A long finish and good balance. This vintage spent 15 months in French oak barrels.
Ernie Els Proprietor’s Blend 2012
The nose abounds with dark-blue fruits, a hint of bacon, espresso and fig jam. Classy oak notes and a touch of truffle further tussle with the amazing fruit purity. The palate shows beguiling inky-black cassis from the Cabernet Sauvignon, providing fleshy tannins, a rock-solid core palate and towering structure. The large Shiraz component adds a spicy complexity and exotic edge, whilst the remaining Bordeaux varieties give finesse and depth.
Ernie Els Signature Bordeaux Blend 2012
This wine is rather closed at first; nuances of fig jam, cigar box and meat spice slowly arise from the glass, complemented by ripe red cherries and a hint of fine milk chocolate. The palate is supported by ultra-fine, layered tannins that are seemingly wrapped in mixed red berry fruits. Pure and elegant, the finish lingers with juicy cassis and a salty, mineral tail.
Freedom Cross Cinsault Cabernet
A touch of soft spice on the nose with a gentle appealing palate: a combination of smooth fruity Cinsault and the more complex flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon for character and lasting power. Juicy blackcurrant is complemented by an attractive pepperiness. A well-balanced wine.