Bernard Le Roux joined Zorgvliet in December 2013 after stints at first Vilafonté and then Noble Hill and is quietly going about uplifting the reputation of this Banhoek property after it meandered for a while – the 2015 vintage of the Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend known as Simoné rated 90 on the 100-point quality scale in the category tasting last year while the 2015 Bordeaux-style red known as Richelle rated 91 earlier this year.
The Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is also impressive and great quality relative to price at R130 a bottle. Matured for 18 months in French oak, 35% new, the wine shows plenty of cassis plus just a little leafiness on the nose. The palate is super-concentrated with fresh acidity and fine tannins. It’s a very good modern-day rendition of the variety – powerful but balanced.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
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