100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Western Cape – Wellington, South Africa.
SRP of $9 and available for as low as $7. Sample received courtesy DGB for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“During our heavy Cape winter rains, the overflowing river often cuts our cellar off from the road. For the winemaker to reach our winery in the mornings, he would have to cross the river by leaping from stone to stone, continuing the legend of the Stonewalker.
A medium bodied wine with flavours of cassis and ripe black berries. Pairs perfectly with hearty red meat.
Today’s wine is part of the new “Stonewalker” line from Franschhoek Cellars in South Africa, the producer of the excellent Stone Bridge Pinotage. We’ll have several more wines coming from both the Stonewalker line and from the main Franschhoek Cellars lines over the new few weeks.
Wine was first grown in the Franschhoek Valley over 300 years ago by a small group of French Huguenots who had fled their own country when Protestantism was outlawed in France. Franschhoek was part of the Dutch colony at that time, which was a Protestant nation, and the Huguenots were granted land here. Fast forward 320 years and the Franschhoek Valley is today known as one of the premiere food and wine regions in South Africa.
The 2009 Franschhoek Cellars The Stonewalker Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a pleasant fruity aroma of blackberry, black cherry, plum and a bit of oaky vanilla. The wine tastes smooth and fruity with sweet and juicy blackberry and raspberry flavors plus a nice bit of spice. It is medium-bodied with good oaky tannins that are not overdone. The finish is dry and medium-long and features sweet fruit that turns into lingering chocolate notes. Really a very nice wine, especially for the price. It didn’t hold up very well on day 2 so finish this one off when you first open it, which shouldn’t be a problem!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.