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Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 vs Uitkyk Carlonet 2011

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Variations on a theme.
Variations on a theme.

Recently two examples of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2011 vintage. First up, Oldenburg. Top 10 in my category report presented by Sanlam Private Wealth last year and 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s so I’m not going to second-guess it now.  Price: R200 a bottle.

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Next Uitkyk Carlonet 2011. Given the farm’s proximity to Kanonkop, it has always seemed to me it should be capable of greatness but perhaps that’s not how terroir works. The 2011 contains 6% Shiraz (eh?) and was matured for some 18 months in 76% French oak, 16% Hungarian oak and 8% American oak, 64% new.

Red fruit and a certain tomato cocktail quality which does indeed recall Kanonkop. Medium bodied (despite an abv of 14.65%) with fresh acidity and fine tannins before a savoury finish. Pretty old-school in styling but lacking the detail of the Cab from its neighbour or the polish of the Oldenburg. A decent enough drop but a bit short on excitement factor. Price: R110 a bottle.

Score: 87/100.

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