Price:  £11.95 | Case Rate: £11.33
Ex Tax: £9.96

Vinum Africa - Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Area: Helderberg
  • Wine Maker: Edouard Labeye
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2015
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2011) WS: 88 (2011) WE: 88 (2009) JP: 4 Stars (2011)

Wine tasting notes

The deep, shiny cherry hue and smooth, rich spicy nose combine to put you in a good mood before the wine even hits your tongue. Individual flavours, layered structure & generous fruit. Vinum’s aim is to combine the classic structure of Old World Cabs, with a nod to the warmth of the New World’s accessible flavours. Intelligent oaking compliments rather than dominates the fruit, allowing it to reflect its origin’s natural flavours. Cigar box, blueberry, cherry and delicate spice mingle seamlessly, bridging the lapse between sips. Finishing with fresh minerality and a generous yet restrained texture; together these will allow the wine an exciting future.

Winery Information

Vinum Africa

Composed of selected sites in the Stellenbosch region ?from prime parcels on the Helderberg Mountain and in Devon Valley. These sites offer excellent mineral soils, South, South-eastern & South-western exposures and healthy, mature vines, all of which combine cozily with maritime cool ocean breezes to bestow on these vineyards a spectacular and ideal environment. Each of the vineyards is highly specialised, and each small enough to afford Vinum great focus. The yields range between 40 and 48 hl.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)87 pts

Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013 - Neal Martin - The 2011 Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon is also aged in 25% new oak. It has a composed, refined bouquet with lifted red berries, sandalwood and just a hint of soy that is well-defined. The palate is well-balanced with a grippy, espresso-tinged entry. After a positive entry, it just falls away in the middle and second half with a light, saline finish that needs a little more structure. Not bad, but could be better. Drink now-2016.

Wine Spectator (2011)88 pts

Web Only 2013 - Features threads of sage and mint running through the dark currant and steeped cherry notes, with a flash of licorice snap on the finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. ?JM

Wine Enthusiast (2009)88 pts

For $15, this is a good value wine with a solid structure and nice balance. Black currant flavors steal the show in the mouth, with supporting notes of whole star anise, cigar tobacco and cedary spice on the finish. — L.B. (3/1/2012)

John Platter (2011)4 stars

Delicious, bright, savoury flavours lurk behind the youthful tannic austerity of 2011, with greater harmony to come after a few years in bottle.

Vinification Notes

Picking was carried-out into small lug boxes, by hand. The grapes passed-over our sorting table, also manually. Pre-fermentation cold-soaking for 3 days or so, followed by fermentation on the skins in tank. Cap-punching and pump-overs once a day. Care was taken to not over-emphasize tannins or extract but to ensure good balance with the fruit and acidity. Elegance as opposed to excess in structure. 2/3 underwent Malolactic in barrel, the rest in tank – to retain fruit and suppleness. That portion was later transferred to barrel too. These proportions were matured respectively for up to 14 months, with periodic micro-oxygenation and without sulphur additions. The barrels were 90% small French oak, 10% American, a quarter new, the rest split between 2nd, 3rd & 4th fill. The wines were assembled after 14 months, then egg white fined. Naturally settled in tank, with no filtration until bottling.