2016 Main Road & Dignity Cabernet Sauvignon, Restless River, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde

Pure blackberry fruit, and blackcurrents. Lovely fruit, energy and finesse, such lovely tannins, so fine and saline. Super mineral, amazing acidity, coolness and freshness, intense and pure, as ethereal as Cabernet gets, juicy and fine on the finish. 14% alcohol. Amazing length, and long and fine. Such pure fruit, floral and beguiling. Really long.

Critic score
95/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£48.28
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£289.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2034
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2016 Main Road & Dignity Cabernet Sauvignon, Restless River, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde

TASTING NOTES

It takes courage to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, but Craig Wessels' two sites, both planted in 1999 but with different soil types and exposures, consistently deliver the goods. This is lighter and more forward than the 2015 - it could almost be a Cabernet Franc - with graphite and black cherry flavours and filigree tannins.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2019)
95/100