(From 2014 Vintage) This Cabernet Sauvignon pays homage to Evanthuis, a Hackney horse that was imported by Excelsior in 1913. This Hackney sire was a champion in Britain and America, winning first prize four times at the London Hackney show and in New York, in the days when the Hackney was the king of the world. He went on to win many titles in South Africa, including that of Rosebank's Champion Stallion. This Cabernet comes from the oldest vines on the farm. They were planted in 1988 in the best calcareous soils.
Blackish plum in color. A medium-to-full bodied wine. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant and plummy fruit with a hint of mint. Toasty oak aromas and sweet fruit flavors are balanced by soft ripe tannins. Good structure with a nice, lengthy finish.
86 points Wine Spectator: "[$10 list] Solid, with a direct beam of cassis, fleshy plum, toasty vanilla and black licorice notes and a polished, easy finish. Drink now. (8/31/14)" Producer notes: "90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot. This delicious, crowd pleasing Cabernet -- consistently named a Wine Enthusiast 'Best Buy' -- delivers serious bang for the buck! It's packed with lip smacking flavors of blackcurrant, black cherry and plum, with subtle hints of dark chocolate and spice. Alcohol 14.5%." "This delicious, crowd pleasing Cabernet value is a no-brainer, delivering serious bang for the buck! With its ripe yet gripping tannins providing good structure to the ripe palate that’s really quite tasty. A heck of a value and at this price, it's a steal. Victor Doyle, General Manager, Pop's Wines & Spirits, April, 2015
Oaky, with dark ripe fruit. A little better than the $7.99 price point but not a lot.
Rich deep plum flavor. Warm in the throat finish. Great value wine.
Delicious notes. Slightly jammy and definitely plummy.
Okay, but not quite full bodied enough.