Here is an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon value from an unsuspecting part of the world. The wines from South Africa as a whole have been on an upswing of quality, and we have tasted quite a few surprising wines over the past few months. American winemaker Jose Conde started in 1998 with South African Native Hans Schroder, who owned a large piece of land in Stellenbosch. An excellent choice for Cabernet with the ease of a California Cab and the elegance of a Bordeaux. The ultimate cellar saver Cabernet, its the perfect bottle to have stocked at home.
Decanter 96 points! "American-born José Conde and team make various versions of Cabernet Sauvignon, including the premium, essentially single-vineyard Three Pines, and this one, which might equally be considered an estate blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah, 2% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc. It comes across as seamless, providing a sense of both poise and tightness. Red and black berries, violets and some leafiness plus a little reduction on the nose, while the palate shows pure fruit, bright acidity and firm but fine tannins.”