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Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

October 26, 2010
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 1 Comment
Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

I recall that on joining Wine magazine back in March 2000, one of the wines causing a stir at the time was the maiden vintage Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 on the basis of a rating of 4½ Stars, as reported on in the category tasting that appeared in the April 2000 issue.

Since then, however, this Stellenbosch winery which counts Delheim and Muratie as neighbours has maintained a fairly low profile, follow-up vintages failing to generate quite the same excitement.

Is this set to change with the 2007 vintage? It’s the finest effort from this property in a long while, something borne out by its rating of 4 Stars in the April 2010 issue of Wine. I rated it 17 on the 20-point scale and my tasting note was as follows: “Cassis and attractive oak on the nose. The palate is medium bodied and balanced. Flavours of red and black fruit, well judged oak, fresh acidity”.

The wine contains 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and spent 20 months in French oak, only 30% new. It’s interesting  that Platter’s 2000 describes the 1997 as “distinctly New World in its fruit focus” and notes it had an abv of 12.99% while the 2007 can only be described as “old school” although its abv is 14%. The wine sells for R98.95 a bottle from the tasting room which is pretty retro itself.

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  1. KwispedoorOctober 26, 2010 at 5:55 pmReply

    I thought the 2003 was also pretty good. In some subsequent vintages they made disappointing alcoholic ‘join the club’ wines. Looks like it’s safe to try it again…

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