What style of South African Cabernet Sauvignon should be celebrated going forwards? The 2013 vintage of Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon recently received the Warren Winiarski Trophy for best in category at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition but did not fare as well in the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report released earlier in the year where it rated 86 points.
Grapes come from Paarl and the wine spent 30 months in new, second- and third-fill 300-litre barrels. The alcohol is 14.79% and the RS is 3.1% and, as you may guess, it’s a bit of a bruiser. My tasting note on originally tasting it: “Ultra-ripe fruit on nose and palate. Heavily extracted. Sweet on entry, drying on finish – very difficult to drink.” Revisiting it now, I’m not much inclined to change my opinion and suffice to say, I think we should seek to reward wines of greater elegance. The price, for the record, is R380 a bottle.
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