Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Evanthius Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Platinum Medal

Excelsior Estate

Excelsior Estate Evanthius Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry White Varieties (<5g/l or up to 9g/l if TA <2g/l lower)


The Story
This Cabernet Sauvignon pays homage to Evanthius, a Hackney horse that was imported by Excelsior in 1913. This Hackney sire was a champion in Britain and America, winning first prize four times at the London Hackney show and in New York, in the days when the Hackney was the king of the world. He went on to win many titles in South Africa, including that of Rosebank's Champion Stallion.

This Cabernet comes from the oldest vines on the farm. They were planted in 1988 in the best calcareous soils. This vineyard is farmed like a bush vine with no trellising wires and no tucking in of shoots. This ensures lots of sun exposure to enable ripening.

In The Cellar
This wine was hand harvested and fermented for 7 days on the skin. This was followed 20 months of ageing in small oak barrels of which 50% were new. Only the best barrels were selected for the final wine. 600 cases of this wine were produced.

Tasting Notes
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep ruby red colour with a black core. This wine is full-bodied with aromas of blackcurrants, chocolate and cedar. The wine has rich, but soft tannins and a long finish.