Louis Nel, Cape Winemakers Guild member since 2006, advises various small wineries while also making wines under his own label. Latest release is the small-batch, top-end Reserve Blend 2016, consisting of 90% Cabernet Franc (sourced from Cordoba in Stellenbosch) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, maturation in French oak lasting 24 months.
The nose shows red and black berries, fresh herbs plus hints of chocolate and earth. The palate displays dense fruit and fine, mouthcoating tannins – it’s luxuriously styled but not over-elaborate, that fruit more and more to the fore as the wine breathes (alcohol: 14.75%). Price: R450 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 92/100.
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