The 2017 Vintage Preview presented by the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective takes place on 19 and 20 October at the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa in Stellenbosch. Those attending will be able to sample pre-release examples of Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 from 35 Stellenbosch properties. This will take the form of a walk-around tasting and includes paired canapés – tickets cost R350 per person.
There will also be a Heritage Tasting featuring older vintages of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon (R650 per person) and an International Cabernet Masterclass involving a presentation of sought-after wines from Napa and Bordeaux (R1250 per person) on both days. Book via Computicket.com. For more information, visit StellenboschCabernet.co.za
The Winemag.co.za panel – editor Christian Eedes and Roland Peens and James Pietersen, both of Wine Cellar, Cape Town merchants and cellarers of fine wine – were invited to a en-primeur tasting of 25 of the wines in September. We tasted blind, ratings done according to the 100-point system, wines accorded a three-point spread of points given that they are unfinished.
On the whole, 2017 looks like it was a very good vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon from this famed district and could be even better than much-acclaimed 2015 although it is too early to make this judgement with any real conviction. The panel was generally impressed by the fruit power on display – overt pyrazine character and the debilitating effects of leaf-roll virus were not an issue.
Scores as follows:
Neil Ellis Jonkershoek 2017
Glenelly Lady May 2017
Simonsig The Garland 2017
Kliene Zalze Family Reserve 2017
Rust & Vrede Single Vineyard 2017
Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2017
Le Riche Reserve 2017
Spier 21 Gables 2017
Warwick Blue Lady 2017
Delaire Reserve 2017
Mooiplaas Tabakland 2017
Peter Falke PF 2017
Stark-Conde Oude Nektar 2017
Ernie Els Proprietor’s 2017
Neethlingshof Estate 2017
Oldenburg Rondekop Per Se 2017
Muratie Martin Melck Family Reserve 2017
Wine Cellar will once again be handling the advance sale of these wines – buyers will be able to place orders at the event and subsequently via the retailer’s website.