Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa

Price: $10.29
Item No. 108691
  • WE88
  • ST87
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

85.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Shiraz.

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.

Critical Acclaim

"With 60,000 cases imported, this should be an easy find that's well worth the money. Black currant leaf, dark plum flesh and baked fruitcake fill out the nose and mouth, while a touch of milk chocolate enriches the finish. Balanced and drinkable now with a medium weight and approachable tannins."
88 Points

"Bright dark red. Currant, blackberry and licorice aromas show a candied quality and a touch of reduction. In a sweetish style, with good intensity and harmonious acidity to the dark berry flavors. Hints of menthol and mint on the slightly stunted finish. Will this reduced wine show more give with another 6 to 12 months in bottle?"
87 Points

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Rating:
(10/14/2011)
Style: Earthy & Spicy
This is a great value cab. Nice deep licorice with cherry and currant. Some spice in there too.
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Rating:
(12/31/2011)
Style: Smooth & Supple
Light for a cab and not very complex. A good value for a drinkable table wine.
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Rating:
(11/9/2011)
Style: Smooth & Supple
Not bad. Miss their Chardonnay.
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The picturesque Robertson Valley is nestled between two rugged mountain ranges near the Breede (Broad) River. It was here that the De Wet family purchased a large tract of land in 1859, subsequently channeling the river and planting the region"s first vineyards. Today the estate is owned by Freddie and Peter De Wet, the fourth and fifth generation of De Wets to farm the...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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