Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1993

Old but not cold.

Old but not cold.

Some older Stellenbosch reds over the weekend consisting of the 1993 and 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot from Grangehurst and the Cabernet Franc Merlot 1998 as made by Chris Keet under the Cordoba label for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction.

1995 is generally considered vintage of the decade in Stellenbosch and the Grangehurst was indeed the most complete wine of the three.

The Cordoba meanwhile appeared slightly too heavily oaked and seemed to lack the stuffing that some Cabernet Sauvignon might have lent it.

The real surprise, however, was the 1993 – very little browning around the rim, more medium bodied than the 1995 but very much alive. I’m generally sceptical regarding the ability of modern South African wine to mature with benefit but drink at the top of the pyramid and occasionally you are pleasantly surprised.

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  1. RainerApril 14, 2015 at 4:01 pmReply

    I have followed Jeremy Walker and his wines since our student days in Stellies in the 70’s. They age magnificently. I recently enjoyed a 1995 Cab/Merlot-probably one of the most decorated wines ever and it was velvety smooth, showed very little ageing and showed how well made SA wines can age.

  2. UdoApril 13, 2015 at 10:45 pmReply

    That is a rare bottle of Grangehurst, second vintage, but the first real commercial one I think. All Grangehurst wines age very well, love them!

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