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Excelsior South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
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This Cabernet Sauvignon displays ripe blackcurrant and dried herb characters on the nose, which are backed up with spicy notes from the oak ageing. The palate is smooth and soft, with beautiful ripe tannins and a long finish.
The picturesque Robertson Valley is nestled in the shadow of the majestic Langeberg mountains, close to the Breede ("Broad") River. In addition to fine wine, the area is recognized for roses and horse breeding. It was here that the De Wet family purchased a large tract of land in 1859, subsequently channeling the river and planting the region's first vineyards. In 1870, the land was divided among the founder's three sons, and the youngest named his portion "Excelsior." Today the estate is owned by Freddie and Peter de Wet, the fourth and fifth generation of De Wets to farm the property. Robertson's limestone-rich calcareous clay soils, ideal for quality wine production, possess excellent water retention properties. Excelsior boasts over 495 acres planted to noble grape varietals, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Shiraz. One of the most visible South African brands in the US marketplace, Excelsior has established a winning track record of quality and value. As Robert Parker's Wine Advocate recently noted, "Excelsior.represents another of those South African instances where one wonders how the wines can possibly be well-made, distinctivelypackaged, exported to the States, and still sell for a mere ten dollars." Crafted in a ripe, juicy style and packaged under screwcap, the wines have garnered consistent "Best Buy" accolades. It is the philosophy at Excelsior that good wine is made in the vineyards. The De Wets have always embraced innovation and technology, and Excelsior was the first wine estate in South Africa to install drip irrigation. Careful regulation of irrigation and rigorous canopy management are key aspects of their vineyard management program. Winemaker Johan Stemmet, who earned a degree in Cellar Technology at Elsenberg Agricultural College, has been crafting the wines of Excelsior since 2003. In addition to producing a series of delicious and approachable value wines, Excelsior has a long history of horse breeding. In the days before the advent of the automobile, the farm was known as a source of the finest hackney carriage horses. The De Wets eventually turned from hackneys to championship thoroughbred racehorses, and Excelsior quickly established a reputation as one of South Africa's most distinguished stud farms. The estate's longstanding horse breeding tradition is reflected in the equine theme on the Excelsior labels.
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