Nederburg’s The Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (above) achieved an incredible score of 95 points in the seventh edition of the annual Cabernet Sauvignon Report, compiled and published by Winemag.co.za, and sponsored by financial services company Prescient.
It’s the only wine that scored 95 points, the highest rating awarded by the judges of the 2018 issue of the report. Chaired by Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes, this year’s judging panel also included Roland Peens of Wine Cellar, and Hennie Coetzee, a taster for Platter’s South African Wine Guide.
The 2014 vintage of Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (right) received 90 points. This wine was selected as the prestigious ‘Red Wine of the Year’ in the 2018 edition of Platter’s, achieving a five star rating.
A total of 79 wine producers submitted 89 entries for review in the 2018 Prescient Cabernet Report. These were tasted blind by the three-person panel, with scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Of the 40 wines to score 90 points or more, 25 were from the 2015 vintage.
The reports highlights 2015 as “one of the great vintages of the modern era and based on this tasting, the hype is completely justified”.
The Nederburg The Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 was praised by the judges for its “palate that shows great fruit density without sacrificing freshness, while the tannins are particularly fine”. They also referred to the wine as “very well put together” with “red and black fruit, some floral perfume, fresh herbs and attractive oak on the nose”.
“Only 90 000 bottles of this wine was made with Cabernet Sauvignon fruit sourced from vineyards in Paarl and Groenekloof near Darling. The wine was matured for 18 months in a combination of new, second- and third-fill barrels, 93% French and 7% American oak,” says Andrea Freeborough, Nederburg cellar-master since 2015.
“At Nederburg we create Cabernet Sauvignons in a timeless style to pay tribute to our long-established history while at the same time reflecting access to new research and technology in the vineyards and the cellars. Achieving the highest score in this year’s Cabernet Sauvignon Report by Winemag.co.za is fantastically motivating for the entire team!”
Nederburg’s The Manor House collection comprises single varietal wines made from some of the Paarl winery’s best-of-best fruit. The range, that also includes a Sauvignon blanc and Shiraz, is inspired by the beautifully proportioned Cape Dutch manor house built in 1800 by Nederburg’s founder, Philippus Wolvaart.
The Nederburg The Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 retails for around R160 a bottle, and the Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 for approximately R375 a bottle. Both are available from the farm in Paarl, or online at www.vinoteque.co.za.