This wine, Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is produced by the De Wet Family with a winemaking tradition going back to 1697. The De Wet family purchased a tract of land in 1859 planting the region’s first vineyards. The estate is now being operated by fourth and fifth Generation De Wets. 80% of the 495 Acres is under vine. The estate is also well known for horse breeding.
The Breede River Valley
The Breede River Valley is well known for having a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine through the growing season and in the afternoon cooled by sea breezes. The soils in the area are rich in limestone know for growing fantastic wines.
What I found
This wine is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petite Verdot. The vines range in age from 5-20 years old. 2016 was a tough growing year being very dry and extremely warm caused by an El Niño year. The grapes were harvested early and picked by hand for quality control. The wine was aged in French and American Oak for 9 months.
After giving this baby time to open up and reach the right temperature I found a nice clear ruby red color with clear edges. It has long persistent legs running down the glass. The aroma is full of plum and red fruit with a hint of oak. A wonderful aroma!
The taste was a great sensation of plum, dark fruit and leather. This wine is a full-bodied elegant wine. The finish is dry and long lasting. I paired it with a hamburger off the grill and a salad and it went perfectly. I could imagine this would be great with a nice steak off the Barbee would be fantastic. Wine Spectator gives it an 88 and I tend to agree. It is a bargain at $8.99 and is distributed in the US by Cape Classics I use my Kelvin K2 to get the best out of my wines and because I can’t finish a bottle in one sitting anymore I use my favorite Wine Preserver ArT wine preserver that keeps wine fresh for weeks and I have tried it and it works.
Until next time, be safe but pop a few corks! Lew