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Spier 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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South Africa
Red Wine

There is a wide array of grape varieties planted, but it is Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon that can be found on wine lists all over the world. The well-draining, ancient soil types with pockets of granite allowing the variety to thrive and produce a distinct minerality. The variety is found in Bordeaux Blends as well as varietal wines with layers of dark-red berries and fine tannins. The best examples have the potential to be cellared for a decade or more.


Characterised by its versatility, Chenin Blanc is widely planted throughout Stellenbosch and is produced in a full spectrum of wine styles. The variety tolerates the warmer temperatures and drought-like conditions that Stellenbosch is prone to.


Stellar Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends are also made in South Africa. Stellenbosch wines tend to be the boldest, while Constantia's tend to be more aromatic; Paarl and Franschhoek Valley are other key regions. Blends with the national USP Pinotage are also reasobnably common.


Tasting note: "(2022) Also from the decomposed granite slopes of the Helderberg, at 270 to 300 metres above sea level. It aged 26 months in French oak barrels (70% new). Deep crimson edged with ruby, and what an attractive nose, there's an exotic Sandalwood and almost Lily-like touch of florality, over fruit that spans juicy red plum to firmer black fruits. Rounded, sweet and harmonious on the palate, there is loads of spice here, a depth of coffeeish oak, but the supple weight and concentration of fruit plays against crunchy tannins and acidity for a very impressive, powerful, ripe and vivid rendition of Cabernet. Please note price and stockist quoted are for a magnum (1.5l) and an earlier vintage."

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