Before the start of judging for this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the traditional tasting of old South African wines – whites at least 15 years old and reds at least 20 years old.
Meerendal Pinotage 1974, Rustenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 1978, Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1967 and Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 1959 were all in great nick but the wine which was truly memorable was the Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 1971.
Red and black fruit and a subtle perfume on the nose. The palate meanwhile was wonderfully poised and retained remarkable detail despite the wine’s 43 years of age. A wine of astonishing elegance and a privilege to taste.