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Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 vs. Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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Safe as houses.

Last week, Durbanville Hills’ supermarket Merlot up against its counterpart from Nederburg, which wasn’t a very joyous experience (see here). This time around, the two wineries’ corresponding versions of Cabernet Sauvignon  and proof yet again that Cab just about always outperforms Merlot under local conditions.

Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009: 14.5/20
Price: R75
Dark fruit and some herbaceous, minty undertones on the nose and palate. Good freshness. Overall impression is of a lean, slightly green but inoffensive wine.

Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010: 15/20
Price: R66
Ripe red and black fruit on the nose and palate. Relatively plush and smooth textured, moderate acidity. Pretty smart stuff at this end of the market.

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