Main Road & Dignity Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
95 points, “It takes courage to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, but Craig Wessels' two sites, both planted in 1999 but with different soil types and exposures, consistently deliver the goods. This is lighter and more forward than the 2015 – it could almost be a Cabernet Franc – with graphite and black cherry flavours and filigree tannin.” – Tim Atkin MW
This may look like an old bottle of whisky but that’s just a nod to winemaker Craig Wessels’ other love. Cabernet Sauvignon is extremely challenging to grow in this cold corner of South Africa, which is probably why only about three people are doing it. However, Restless River has cracked it and is easily the pick of the bunch. Normally this wine sells out before release and the 2015 flew off our shelves, so we’re extremely lucky to have been able to secure a small parcel of the Main Road & Dignity Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our Wine Buyers are raving about the quality coming from Restless River and as you can see from Tim Atkin’s score, they’re not alone. Aged in predominantly old oak for at least 21 months, it displays pristinely clean cassis, juicy cherry, red pepper, tomato leaf, wild herbs, pencil shavings, fountain pen ink, violets and an array of spices. This pure and crisp delight of a wine is going from strength to strength and having been bottled without fining, is also vegan-friendly.
When Craig Wessels isn’t working for his animation and design agency or directing films, he and his wife Anne can be found making Restless River wines on their tiny farm in Hemel-en-Aarde, located near the fishing village of Hermanus. They bought the only plot of land they could afford and have slowly transformed it into a 5-star rated winery in Platter’s guide. Armed with the coolest climate on the cape, self-taught confidence, tattoos, biker T-shirts, a couple of amphoras from Tuscany and a restless drive to experiment and learn, the Wessels family are producing some of South Africa’s most exciting wines.
£7.73 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3262842
Style No.: 818821
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