In 1989, Adrian Bührer of Switzerland bought the farm Saxenburg on the outskirts of Kuils River between Stellenbosch and Cape Town. Nico Van der Merwe was appointed winemaker in November 1990 and has been ever since.
The Shiraz and the Cabernet Sauvignon under the Private Collection label have always been the property’s particular strengths and I recently got to look at the bottlings of these from the 2013 vintage. Tasting notes and scores as follows:
Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz 2013
Matured for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak. Red and black berries, pepper plus oak-derived vanilla and coconut notes. Luscious fruit, acidity which is fresh to the point of tart and nicely ripe tannins. Big and a bit unknit at this stage but will surely gain further composure with a year or two in bottle.
Saxenburg Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Cassis, crushed herbs and attractive oak notes on the nose. Concentrated fruit, fresh acidity and firm tannins. There’s also a definite pyrazine-derived “green” edge on the palate which provides refreshment but also lends a particular austerity.