While the II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from Nederburg overreaches itself, I’m happy to report that the 2014 vintage is much more successful. This is a wine which aims for extreme fruit power but while the 2013 is bombastic, the 2014 retains elements of balance and complexity.
The 2014 was matured for 22 months in 100% new French oak. The nose is rich and deep with notes of black fruit, some leafiness, liquorice, earth and oak. The palate is dense yet not entirely without freshness, the extraction and oak integration very well managed. It has a hefty alcohol of 14.91% but the wine carries this well. The RS, meanwhile, is 2.2g/l and thankfully, the overall impression is not too sweet.
As many of you will know, this is Red Wine of the Year in Platter’s 2018 – so be it but its concomitant score of 99 on the 100-point scale seems excessive. Price: R380 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
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