Cape Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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.

The Wine:

Deep vibrant ruby, with a medium nose that’s exactly like brushing against fresh fennel in the 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:

Cabernet Sauvignon from 22 year old trellised and irrigated vines planted in the Spruitdrift area near the Olifants Rivier along the West Coast.
Handpicked, destemmed with a small mechanical destemmer into neutral vessels. The must was chilled and then naturally fermented over 14 days with pump overs twice a day. The free run juice was racked and the skins pressed. The wine was settled in tank for eight weeks. Aged for 12 months in old 300 litre French oak barrels, and racked from the barrel 2 weeks before bottling without cold stabilisation and with only a light filtering.


Balance (1) + Length (½) + Intensity (½) + Complexity (1)  = A good wine 

Drink now because I think this is designed for early enjoyment.

Final thoughts: 

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.

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