South African Cabernets often show a lot of ripe sweet fruit as well as some herbaceous and minty notes, whilst in New Zealand herbaceous characters and cassis flavors tend to be more dominant. Although some single varietal South African Cabernet Sauvignons are excellent (especially from the Stellenbosch
area), the Bordeaux blends remain popular. In New Zealand, Cabernet Sauvignon is generally grown in the warmer region of Hawkes Bay, but even here it struggles to completely ripen. That is why it often forms the backbone of the excellent Hawkes Bay Bordeaux Blends.
(60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot)
Ruby in color with a nose of red berries, a hint of rosemary and shaved pencil cuttings. An elegant and well developed wine, with a good acidity and velvety tannic structure; juicy on the palate with a lot of red berry flavors and a hint of fresh mint in the smoky finish.
Deep ruby in color, with lots of red fruit notes and a hint of eucalyptus on the nose. Very well balanced with a fine grained, almost silky tannic structure; good mouth feel and layers of red and black fruit (blackberry, blackcurrant, dark cherry) flavors, some dried kitchen herbs and a little cigar smoke and cocoa in the long finish.
Dark ruby in color, with a nose of very ripe almost stewed dark fruit as well as a few mineral notes. An elegant, well balanced wine with smooth velvet integrated tannin, a good mouth feel and lovely freshness. Flavors of dark plum, jammy mulberry and blackberry, some sweet spice (cloves, allspice) in the long finish.
Deep ruby in color, tons of blackcurrants and cherries and a hint of kitchen herbs and dried tobacco on the nose; a very well balanced wine with great freshness, fine grained tannins and elegant texture and flavors of dark berries, black cherry and a hint of dried sage, sweet liquorice and cigar smoke in the lingering finish.
Dark ruby in color, with a nose of black currants, a hint of vanilla and eucalyptus. Full bodied, bold wine with fine grained tannin and a lifted freshness; lots of flavors of cassis and blackberry, a hint of eucalyptus and a spicy, peppery finish.
Dark ruby in color, with an intense nose of blackberries and a touch of cocoa. A bold concentrated wine, with a powerful mouth feel, good tannic structure and a lovely freshness; it shows layers of ripe black fruit (blackberry, blueberry and blackcurrant) , a touch of dark chocolate and some kitchen herbs in the persistent finish.
Deep ruby in color with a black berry and cherry and a hint of sweet spice on the nose. A full bodied yet elegant wine with plenty of tannin and an almost silky mouth feel, lots of blackcurrant and cherry notes, and a little sweet spice and cigar smoke in the lingering finish.
Deep ruby in color, with a nose of red berries, a hint of cassis and some cedar. An elegant wine, with a firm tannic structure and good acidity; pretty fruit-forward on the palate with an explosion of red and black berries in the mid palate and a little cocoa and dried herbs in the smoky finish.