"Many of South Africa's traditionally most revered wines, and a few of her best, are Cabernets," notes Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine. This delicious Cab hails from Spier, one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a history dating back to 1692. They're one of the most-awarded estates in the country, and were named South Africa's Winery of the Year at Mundus Vini in 2011. Their exclusive, new Farmouse series of wines celebrates the estate's focus on sustainable farming in vineyards across some of the Cape's top wine districts.
Spier's winemaker Lizanne Jordaan has a deft touch with Cab. For her Farmhouse Cabernet, she sourced fruit from top vineyards in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Swartland. The grapes from each site was handled separately in the cellar, to ensure the purest expression of their fruit flavors. Part of the blend was aged with new French oak for four months, while other parcels were aged in older barrels for eight months.
What can you expect in the glass? Here's Lizanne: "Our 2013 Cabernet is deep ruby red in color, with a ripe bouquet of juicy red fruit and subtle, spicy flavors. A delicious palate follows, that reminds me of a ripe compote of dark cherries and juicy red plums, with hints of licorice and vanilla, lingering soft tannins and beautiful balance." Enjoy this fruit-filled Cab on its own, with grilled or barbecued meat, vegetarian chili and more.
Look out for Spier's other Farmhouse releases – they're a great example of the high-quality, great-value wine coming out of South Africa.