With Cab front of mind for me after the recent launch of my second annual report on the variety, I opened the current-release 2007 from Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington with interest.
Containing 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, it was matured for 18 months in French oak, a third new. Red and black fruit, tabacco and some earthiness on the nose. Good fruit expression, bright acidity and tannins already quite soft and evolved. Sweet upfront but pleasingly dry on the finish, if a little short.
Winemaker Corlea Fourie says that the wine is deliberately held back in order that it should be ready for drinking on purchase, consumers much more open to the benefits of some bottle maturation for reds than for whites.