Winter is here and I’m loving this cool climate Cab from Groot Phesantekraal in the Durbanville Wine region. Farmed for four generations by the Brink family, this wine is showing great soft tannin with a spicy afterkick – best enjoyed with a meat such as lamb – perfect for a braai!
Made by Thys Louw, this rich and complex wine was awarded a 2017 Michelangelo Gold Medal. Durbanville’s typical dusty, herbal notes are well supported by red and black fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla and cigar box notes. The medium-bodied palate shows Cabernet’s cooler flavours including spearmint, red berries and plum, supported by a bright line of acidity. Well-integrated élevage in French oak and fine, soft tannins makes for a rounded, seamless finish.
Accessible now, but better in 3 to 5 years. Allow breathing time to open up or decant an hour before serving. Enjoy with grilled lamb, hearty vegetable stews or risotto, or beef carpaccio with parmesan shavings.
Cellar door price: R100