Middelvlei Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
By Christian Eedes, 20 June 2011
After three days drinking current-release wines in Robertson, lunch yesterday demanded a change of pace and hence some older examples of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1995 from Kanonkop was always going to be a tough act to follow, but I found the Middelvlei 1984 surprisingly enjoyable. Medium bodied, it had more fruit than might have been expected, while the acidity was a little tart but hardly offensive. Some at the table were inclined to dismiss it as “thin and watery” but I thought it elegant and fascinating to drink. Alcohol by volume 11.9%, residual sugar 2.2g/l, total acidity 5.6g/l and pH 3.43.