When I tasted the Cape Vintage CWG Auction Reserve 2006 from Calitzdorp producer Carel Nel in August 2011 prior to the auction of that year, I noted it appeared “very primary but show(ed) promise” and scored it 90/100.
Some four years in bottle have only done it good. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Souzao, the wine has always shown great focus and purity but it’s starting to gain real detail – red and black fruit, flowers and delicate spice on the nose while the palate is intensely flavoured but not unduly heavy, the acidity bright and the tannins about as fine as you get on Port-style wine. Well balanced with a long, savoury finish.
It represents the best two barrels out of 2 500-litre production and the 30 cases sold in 2011 fetched an average price of R1 743 or R290.50 a bottle. Smart shopping if you were among those who picked some of this up.