What’s more weird? That 11 out 12 examples of Cabernet Sauvignon nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013 didn’t make it or that three out of five Cabernet Franc did?
Out of the five examples of Cabernet Franc which were in the running, the two which fell short are my favourite although I’m not sure any of them are truly up to the guide’s ultimate accolade…
I rated the Raats 2009 17.5/20 back in April (see here) and really liked the Buitenverwachting 2009 last night.
The Constantia wine spent nearly two years in French oak, 90% new. It shows red and black fruit and some pleasing herbal character on the nose and palate. Classically styled, it’s nicely austere with bright acidity and wonderfully fine tannins.
When Buitenverwachting gets its reds wrong, they can appear excessively green (Christine 2008 a case in point – 15.5/20) but when it gets them right, they offer wonderfully elegant refreshment – my score for the Cab Franc 2009: 17/20.