Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon
Dense aromas of black currant, plum, spice and minerals in the bouquet. Full-bodied with moderate acidity and soft, ripe tannins—very well-balanced overall. It offers rich, intense flavors of black cherry and toasty oak with subtle hints of dark chocolate and mocha on the finish.
$16.00 / Bottle $192.00 / Case
Excelsior Estate has been owned by the de Wet family since 1870. Freddie de Wet and his son Peter de Wet are the fourth and fifth generation of this proud family whose winemaking tradition dates back to 1697.
Johan Stemmet, Excelsior’s winemaker.
In 1859 the first member of the De Wet clan, a young man with energy and vision, came to the Breede River Valley in the Western Cape area of South Africa.
He pioneered the channeling of the river to irrigate fields. He planted crops and established vineyards and orchards and built a cellar, which, because it was continually being extended, became known as the Long Cellar.
In addition to its vineyards and wines, fruits and crops, the estate is also famous for its thoroughbred racehorses.
Today, over 80% of the estate is planted to vines. They own almost 500 acres of vineyards. The new winery was constructed in 1981 and contains all the latest winemaking equipment.
The vineyards at Excelsior are all irrigated by drip irrigation. The soil and climatic conditions are carefully monitored so that the correct amount of water is applied to allow the vines to produce and ripen their grapes fully without overproducing, or producing grapes that are thin and watery.
Canopy management also plays an important role in the vineyard management and every effort is made to ensure harvesting is carried out at optimum ripeness.
The grapes are carefully sorted to remove any damaged berries before they’re gently crushed and pumped into stainless steel tanks for vinification. After fermentation the wine is matured for several months in French oak barrels.