Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

By , 11 August 2010

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Sweet! – Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 matured in American oak.

An interesting exercise to mark the re-opening of Die Bergkelder, home of Fleur du Cap wines on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, after refurbishment to offer a better visitor experience:

Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 oaked six ways by the late Dr Julius Laszlo, Bergkelder cellarmaster from 1978 to 1992 and the man credited with introducing small oak casks for  maturation to South Africa.

Barrels used came from the French regions of Nevers and Allier (both tight-grain) as well as Limousin (wide-grain) and then Spain and America. The sixth wine in the line-up incorporated a blend of the first five. In each case, the wine spent 24 months maturing in wood that was entirely new.

The blend (predominatly Nevers and American) proved the most harmonioius of the six samples, but I think I preferred the wine from straight Nevers barrels on the basis that it was more arresting with fruit that was still remarkably fresh, the tannins still grippy. The wine from American barrels came across as sweet and broad and while American oak occasionally works well on Pinotage and Shiraz, I’m not sure it lends itself to austere Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  • Martin Oosthuysen21 November 2020

    I have opened the first bottle of this collection today. After 30 years of hiding this crate in the dark, I decided that no money is worth this effort. The honour should be mine. And I must admit. Worth every day. The cork was in a good condition and the wine fantastic. Don’t waste time. Drink it .

    • Kwispedoor23 November 2020

      Hi, Martin.

      Which one of them did you drink? We had the 1986 blended version during the hard lockdown and the wood was still very prominent, with quite a hard acidity. Not exactly a harmonious bottle, in our humble opinion. A 1994 drunk about a month ago seemed a bit better resolved.

  • Chris27 August 2018

    Hi i have the same collection want to sell
    Contact me @ c.j@live.co.za

  • Malcolm Henry24 November 2017

    I am in possession of Fleur De Cap Cab Sav 6 Oaks Collection
    Does anybody know the +- value of this collection

  • Verna Rossouw3 January 2017

    I have the collection in the wooden case.
    Anyone interested ?

  • George Efstratiou21 September 2016

    I have this collection and want to know what its worth and to whom i can sell this to.

  • Johann Potgieter21 April 2015

    I am in possession of one of these oak collections in its wooden case, still wrapped in cellophane. I would like to know the value of this collection and if someone may be interested to take it off my hands. I believe it to be a collectors item among the wine lovers and collectors.

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