Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
By Christian Eedes, 9 April 2011
According to The Oxford Companion to Wine (Oxford: 1999), the large-format magnum (1.5 litres) is “widely regarded as being the ideal size for bottle ageing fine wine, being the ideal size to slow the ageing process, but not so big as to be unwieldy, or unthinkably expensive”.
Fleur du Cap is a reliable rather than high-status label but the Cabernet Sauvignon from the magnificent 2003 vintage and out of magnum served with braaied rib-eye and fried potato wedges was stonkingly good last night. Classically styled, it showed dark fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Good for at least another two years.