Stellenbosch is the reigning region for Cabernet Sauvignon in South Africa, so when I was able to taste the new Saxenburg Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, I was excited. At R275 a bottle, it is aptly named “Private Collection”, and was appropriately held back for release in 2023.
This winery dates back to 1693 and was taken over by the current owners, the Bührer Family in 1989, who came to the Cape from Switzerland. The family planted over 30 hectares of Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon grape varietals on the estate which interestingly, made up a staggering 10% of South Africa’s total Syrah plantations.
This feat placed Saxenburg in the forefront of Syrah production in South Africa in the 90s. Once released, the first Shiraz Select in 1998 was considered the most expensive wine at R350 per bottle in South Africa. The Shiraz Select was also the first bottle of wine to sell for R 500 per bottle in South Africa- an industry first.
The Saxenburg Philosophy
I love that the Saxenburg logo has 3 Guinea Foul which is a bird often seen in South Africa. This logo represents the winery’s philosophy that 1. The heart (which burns with the passion of consistently creating the finest wine year after year) 2. The mind (which keeps the heart in check by making the best, most informed decision at every juncture) 3. The soul (which binds knowledge and passion together.)
Saxenburg Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Tasting Notes
This wine is sourced from a single block of vineyard and very small additions of bush-vine Cabernet Franc (4%) and Malbec (2%) were added for layers of complexity.
The wine has a concentrated nose with ripe blueberries, freshly roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and tobacco leaves. The entry to the palate is soft but builds to a structured mid-palate and a long lingering finish with full mouth feel. The tannins are finely grained and wonderfully dry on the finish.
In the Vineyard & Cellar
The grapes were hand-picked and destemmed, without crushing and then fermented in open-top fermenters. At the start of fermentation, a combination of 3 punch downs and pump-overs were done daily and was gradually reduced to once a day at the end of the fermentation. Left on the skins for an additional 2-3 weeks before pressing. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels (20% new) where it matured for 12 months before blending. After blending the wine spent an additional 6 months in older oak barrels before being bottled.
Buy this wine online
You can buy this wine online at the Saxenburg website for R275 a bottle.
Visit Saxenburg wines
The Saxenburg Wines tasting room is about a 30-minute drive from Cape Town close to Kuils River in the Stellenbosch Wine Route. You should try the biltong pairing for R110 per person or the chocolate pairing at R110 per person.
This winery also has a well-established restaurant called Cattle Barron. This restaurant is highly regarded for dishing the most wonderful steak dishes which will pair perfectly with red wines from Saxenburg.
You can also book other exciting experiences like The Saxenburg Outdoor Wildlife Tasting Experience where Springbok, Zebra, Black Wildebeest and Fallow Deer can be seen. The tasting includes 5 Private Collection wines and a glass of Cap Classique as well as a cheese platter.
Saxenburg has also recently added corporate events to their offering.
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Telephone: +27 21 903 6113
Monday – Sunday from 10h00 – 18h00