Posted by: Dallas Lawrence | May 16, 2010

A Great South African Cabernet For Only Eight Bucks!

For months I have been looking at the screw top South African cabernet sitting in the back of our wine rack trying to remember where I bought it and what its story was.

I knew it was a discount wine, and I was pretty sure it was a recommendation, but it had been sitting behind three or four other wines we had tried recently that were all quite terrible. To say I was a bit apprehensive about cracking the seal on this bad boy would be an understatement.

Image my surprise when I twisted off the cork of the 2007 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon and found myself wishing I had tried this little $8 number much earlier.

Excelsior Estate is owned and operated by fourth generation winemakers Stephen and Freddie De Wet and the 2007 shows their commitment to truly accessible value wines. The Excelsior offers a full bodied mouthful of enticing blackcurrant and plum flavors wrapped in mildly dry tannins that make you sure you must have spent more for the bottle.  

I drank my first glass moments after twisting the cap, and it was very enjoyable. It is especially critical in the summertime months to be sure to slightly chill your red wine, it will make the experience all the more enjoyable and refreshing on a summer evening.

This wine tastes like a $14 to $18 bottle and continued to impress throughout our dinner of BBQ chicken and summer squash risotto. For what you’d expect to pay for a cheap glass of wine at a local restaurant, the 2007 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon (available online and at local Total Wine retailers) offers a very nice bottle at a superb super value price. This one is one of my favorite super values on the market today.

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  1. […] From the review…“The Excelsior offers a full bodied mouthful of enticing blackcurrant and plum flavors wrapped in mildly dry tannins that make you sure you must have spent more for the bottle.  I drank my first glass moments after twisting the cap, and it was very enjoyable. It is especially critical in the summertime months to be sure to slightly chill your red wine, it will make the experience all the more enjoyable and refreshing on a summer evening…This wine tastes like a $14 to $18 bottle and continued to impress throughout our dinner of BBQ chicken and summer squash risotto. For what you’d expect to pay for a cheap glass of wine at a local restaurant, the 2007 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon (available online and at local Total Wine retailers) offers a very nice bottle at a superb super value price. This one is one of my favorite super values on the market today.” http://thecorkscrooge.com/2010/05/16/a-great-south-african-cabernet-for-only-eight-bucks/ […]


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