This takes me back to when I first started posting wines on insta. And I still find myself admiring their beautiful labels.
I’ve had a few conversations with friends about how Cape Rock is so underrated. They’re based all the way up in Vredendal and keep life exciting with interesting grape varieties. Even this Cabernet Sauvignon is interesting in that it's made in a lighter style.
Deep vibrant ruby, with a medium nose that’s exactly like brushing against fresh fennel in the garden...in the way that fresh herbs in the garden are never overwhelming because they’re tempered by all the other outdoorsy scents, lightly baked in the hot sunshine. Oh wait...real notes: raspberries, dark boozy cherries, blackberries, canned guavas, real cinnamon, mace and a trace of smoked meatiness.
Dry, medium bodied, silky smooth light tannins, good acidity, and an easy balance of fresh bright fruits, slight citrusy fynbos, and spices that meld together into a seamless sip. And a medium-ish finish.
Vini + Viti:
Balance (1) + Length (½) + Intensity (½) + Complexity (1) = A good wine
Drink now because I think this is designed for early enjoyment.
Cape Rock make wines that are ready to drink, change your perceptions about the grape, and that are interesting. Of course, there are now plenty of people who do the same...but I’ll always remember Cape Rock as being one of the first wines I’d come across that didn’t insist that Cabernet Sauvignon prescribe to the crazy tannins and pomp that takes years before you’re allowed to enjoy a glass.