Not drank a lot of South African wines lately so I decided to rummage around my bottles to see what I could come up with to pair with my Steak and Chips dinner.
I actually found more than I thought I had and this bottle of Nederburg, made in the Western Cape Region was the first one to hand and being a Cabernet Sauvignon I thought I’d give it a go.
Grabbed my corkscrew before realising it was in fact a screw cap, not a good start !
When poured it was much lighter in colour than I thought it would be with very heady aromas of mainly smokey wood and roasted coffee beans with perhaps a whiff of blackcurrants, this gave me an idea of what this was going to taste like and it pretty much tasted as it smelt.
There was oak and a big hit of black pepper spice, the fruit was predominately blackcurrants with perhaps a little dark cherries. It was however pretty smooth and velvety but the fruit did come a big second to the woodiness, there was also a sweetness which for me was a little too sweet.
Overall though, it did go very well with the Steak and I did enjoy it, I also think a lot of people will like it especially with that sweetness.
Think I bought this whilst on special offer for around £6 usually £8.99. At the lesser price not a bad bottle and it does tempt me to try the others in the Nederburg range.
It is a very drinkable wine but watch out that 14.5% ABV, soon catches up with you
My rating 7/10 Corks