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 Platters By Diners Club South African Wine Guide, considered the most authoritative guide to South African wine.
The wine also 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 scored 95 points or more. Nederburgs II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 achieved 99 points, while the Private Bin R109 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014 earned 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, Nederburgs 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.
A celebration of two centuries of skill, tradition and heritage, the II Centuries collection forms the apex of the multi-tiered range of wines produced by Nederburg, available in the open market. All single-varietal wines, they are produced from grapes sourced from the best vines within top-performing vineyards, jointly identified by Nederburgs highly-skilled winemaking and viticultural teams. These wines can be purchased from the farm in Paarl, fine wine outlets as well as www.vinoteque.co.za.
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 delivers concentrated, ripe fruit. The wine brims with rich berry fruit and mocha flavours supported by floral and soft oak notes,Freeborough explains.
Nederburgs Private Bin wines are made for exclusive sale at the annual Nederburg Auction, and not readily available for purchase on the open market.