I picked up Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 since it has routinely been on multiple “best buy” lists, and it was only $6. The De Wet family have been cultivating the land at Excelsior Estate in South Africa since 1859. Throughout the years many different products have been farmed, but wine has consistently been produced. Today the family has 220 hectares of vineyards and a goal of producing “full-bodied wines that display intense fruit”. Their philosophy is that “good wine starts in the vineyards” so they employ strict methods such as hand harvesting and extremely spare use of chemicals.
Dark garnet in colour with aromas of blackberry, funky earth and winter spices. Blackberry jam, licorice and earth notes merged into spicy black peppercorn and dark chocolate in the moderate finish. A rather basic glass, but considering the price, it really is a great value and easy drinking with everyday dishes like pizza and simple pastas.
Cabernet Sauvignon [I could not verify varietal percentage.]
Produced & Bottled by Excelsior, Ashton
Enjoy now thru 2014