When it comes to reds, the wards of Hemel-en-Aarde are Pinot Noir country but Jakob’s Vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge is rapidly making a name for itself as a Cabernet Sauvignon producer.
The 2006 won the trophy for best museum class Cab at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show while the 2011 placed among the Top 100 SA Wines. Total plantings amount to 2ha, half Cab and the other half Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Total plantings amount to 2ha, half Cab and the other half Cabernet Franc and Merlot so this nothing if not a boutique producer, Crystallum’s Peter-Allan Finlayson consulting winemaker since 2010.
I re-visited both wines recently and was again impressed. Tasting notes and scores as follows:
Jakob’s Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Red fruit, dried herbs, subtle forest floor and maritime notes. Medium bodied with really good fruit definition and fresh acidity. Layers of flavour and a long, gently savoury finish. Bordeaux-like and rather fine.
Jakob’s Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Current release. Price: R170
Dark fruit, fresh herbs and a hint of earthiness. Rich and full but balanced thanks to bright acidity and careful extraction. Gently savoury finish. Quite particular – might one begin to speak of terroir?