On an unseasonably cool summer evening, I had a chance to sample a couple of great red wines from South Africa. Excelsior are the first South African wines I’ve had in a few years, and I was quite impressed. The Cabernet especially has a stylish flavor profile I haven’t encountered in many wines at this price.
From South Africa ,wine of origin Robertson
Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon:
Nose: spicy, herbs, stone fruits, very European
Palate balanced, red fruit, full bodied, centered.
Distinctive nose and flavors set this apart from anything else in this price range. Retail: $8.99
Bouquet: blackberry, chocolate, tobacco.
Palate: bright fruit flavors, spice nuances, good balance and focus. Nice fruit finish.
Note that this isn’t the cloying style of many CA red wines at this price. Standout in this price range. RETAIL: $8.99