Nederburg’s II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 has been selected as the prestigious Red Wine of the Year in the 2018 edition (the 38th issue) of the Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide, considered the most authoritative guide to South African wine.
The wine achieved a five-star rating in the newly released guide, as did the Paarl winery’s Private Bin R109 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014.
Five-star ratings are reserved for wines that are considered South African classics, and which scored 95 points or more. Nederburg’s II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 scored 99 points, while the Private Bin R109 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014 scored 95 points.
Nederburg was also highlighted as the most awarded winery since the inception of Platter’s in 1980, with an impressive total of 42 wines achieving five-star ratings over the period.
Andrea Freeborough, Nederburg’s cellar-master says: “The fruit for II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 was sourced from two dryland sites in the Paarl area. The fruit growing at lower altitudes contributed 60% to the blend and provided the strong aromatic features and dark fruit flavours. The grapes from vines situated at higher altitudes provided lovely red fruit flavours.
“It’s a delicious wine of outstanding quality, with signature notes of dark fruit, tobacco leaf and cigar box nuances. Rich ripe dark berried fruits dominate the palate and harmonise with oak to produce a generous, mouth-filling profusion of flavours, tempered by firm tannins.”
“The Private Bin R109 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014 comprises 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The grapes came from low-yielding vineyards in Paarl that deliver concentrated, ripe fruit. The wine brims with rich berry fruit and mocha flavours supported by floral and soft oak notes,” Freeborough explains.
It was recently announced that the 2013 vintage of Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon has been shortlisted for the coveted title of Best Cabernet Sauvignon for 2017, to potentially earn the Warren Winiarski Trophy at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2017.
Last year, the 2013 vintage of Nederburg’s Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon was honoured in the same way, and won the title of Best Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2016 IWSC – the Arcadia Trophy.
Nederburg as a winery has again been shortlisted for the title of 2017 IWSC South African Wine Producer of The Year, an honour shared with five other South African wineries. Nederburg is the 2016 IWSC South African Wine Producer of the Year.
The 2017 IWSC winning wineries and trophy winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on 15 November 2017. –Press Release