Yesterday a tasting of old and rare wines under the Lanzerac label held in Distell’s wine library known as The Tabernacle that the present-day Lanzerac Wine Estate is investigating purchasing. Wines opened included the 1963, 1964, 1967 and 1969 vintages of Pinotage; 1957, 1961, 1963, 1964 and 1968 vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon; and miscellaneous white wines. It should be noted that some wines were out of 375ml bottles and ullages varied considerably, leading to significant bottle variation.
The star of the show was the Cabernet Sauvignon 1957. The colour was dark red with just a little amber tinge to the rim, no longer opaque but still clear and bright. On the nose, red fruit, mushroom and spice while the palate was medium bodied and beautifully balanced, still very much alive with layers and layers of flavour, the finish long and savoury.
Somewhat academic to score such a wine – suffice to say, that many of those in attendance thought it would hold its own against the legendary GS 1966.