Durbanville Wine Valley The Master’s Vineyards 2016

Making the case for cool cabernet. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the famous 1966 GS Cabernet Sauvignon hailing from the Durbanville Wine Valley, Thys Louw of Diemersdal and Wilhelm Coetzee of Durbanville Hills got together to make a wine from grapes grown in same area, from local farm, Morgenster. Effortlessly elegant; cooler growing conditions on south-facing slopes with Atlantic air-conditioning have delivered beautiful aromatics: violets, blooming dark flora, incense and crème de cassis, but without any green notes thanks to a long hang time ensuring even ripening. Underneath that black, scented fruit, comes tobacco and cedar spice from 24 months in French oak. Each winemaker made one barrel, which were blended after maturation. Bottled in 2018, the wine has had time to soften and harmonise; silky cassis, blackberry and plum on the palate are wrapped in super-fine tannins; the finish is long and cool. Only 1200 bottles made. R950 per three-bottle case. (94) ML