Looking for the best Cabernet Sauvignon, at the best price?

Now that we’re moving into winter, it’s time to crack open those bold reds. And when it comes to snug fireside evenings, a full Cabernet Sauvignon pairs perfectly. It can be intimidating to choose the perfect wine though, with so many options lining the shelves. Which one should you choose?

The 2018 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report was recently released. This tasting saw 89 entries from 74 producers, which were tested blind by a three person panel. This year they tasted mostly from the 2015 vintage, which was described as “one of the great vintages of the modern era.” That year had winemakers all kinds of excited, with particularly dry conditions that delivered a healthy crop and powerful flavour in the berries.

The Stellenbosch wine valley dominated in the results, with 30 out of the 40 top wines hailing from the historic wine-growing region. The top rated wine overall came from Nederburg in Paarl, which scored an impressive 95 for The Manor House 2015.  The best buy is the Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2015, which scored a shining 93 points and retails for R139.

I’ve organised the wine by price, from those bang-on best-buys that you can enjoy tonight, to investment buys that you can keep for a special occasion. Personally I’m excited to have this list at hand.

Here are your top scorers

95

Nederburg The Manor House 2015 – R162

94

Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Valley Stellenbosch 2015 – R350

93

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2015 – R139
Zorgvliet 2016 – R140
Strydom Rex 2015 – R265
Delaire Graff Reserve 2015 – R750

92

Stellenbosch Reserve Ou Hoofgebou 2016 – R140
Fleur Du Cap Unfiltered 2014 – R143
Holden Manz 2013 – R160
Dombeya Fenix 2014 – R165
Spier Woolworths Private Collection 2015 – R169,99
Plaisir de Merle 2014 – R210,82
Thelema 2014 – R240
Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch 2014 – R320
Warwick The Blue Lady 2015 – R350
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2015 – R365
Glenelly Lady May 2012 – R490
Glenelly Lady May 2013 – R490
Le Riche Reserve 2015 – R550
Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard 2015 – R980
Villion 2015 – Not yet released.

91

Glenelly Glass Collection 2015 – R105
Stark-Condé Stellenbosch 2015 – R195
Eikendal 2016 – R195
Le Riche 2015 – R220
Ernie Els Proprietor’s 2015 – R325

90

KWV Cathedral Cellar 2015 – R120
Sutherland 2014 – R145
Lanzerac 2015 – R150
Neil Ellis Stellenbosch 2015 – R150
Joostenberg Philip Albert 2015 – R165
Jordan The Long Fuse 2015 – R189
Groot Constantia 2016 – R223
Rudi Schultz 2015 – R250
Diemersdal M.M. Louw 2015 – R290
Waterford 2015 – R320
Nederburg Two Centuries 2014 – R374
Bartinney Skyfall 2014 – R380
Erika O. 2015 – R550
Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2015 – R500

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