Reyneke Capstone Red Blend 2014 - 750ml

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90pts Wine Spectator

Alluring, with flavors of crushed plum and boysenberry preserves lined with singed vanilla, alder and black tea notes. Offers a polished feel, with the fruit and wood details in lockstep through the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2020.

90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2014 Capstone (known as "Cornerstone" outside the USA) is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Franc, matured in a mixture and old and new barrels for 18 months (22 months for the Cabernet Sauvignon). It offers clean and pure aromas of blackberry, sage and cedar, a slight chalkiness that emerges with time. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, grippy in the mouth with tarry black fruit and quite a solid, slightly aloof finish. Maybe I would have liked a little more Merlot to add a little flesh on the finish?

Winemaker Notes

This classical in style Bordeaux blend combines freshness with a real intense concentration showcasing the best of Stellenbosch. The nose presents a defined graphite minerality, with fresh perfumed red fruit layers of blackcurrant with hints of tobacco leaf and dried herbs. A wine which has lovely balance, with juicy tannins, adding structure and focus.