Razvan Macici, the Romanian-born, South African by choice, über cellarmaster of Nederburg, is blessed with a talented team of winemakers.
Tariro Masayiti is the winemaker responsible for making a delicious dry Cabernet Sauvignon rosé, known as the FIFA 2010 Dry Rosé 2009. Awash with the flavours of crisp strawberries, cranberry, pomegranate and cherry berries, the grapes for this wine come from dry land vineyards in the Darling region and irrigate-when-we-need-to vineyards in Paarl.
Wim Truter, currently studying in France for his Masters degree in wine making, made the utterly sublime FIFA 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. The dark redness in the glass is reflected in the nose of the wine as one sniffs blackberries, cassis and spicy nuances from the oak maturation. Wim used French, Romanian and American oak for the twelve-month barrel rest given the wine before bottling. This is a wine that you could happily drink on its own with some freshly whittled biltong or indeed with some snappy dark chocolate before the fire after a good meal.
Some of my other favourite Cabernets are those from Grangehurst Nikela, where surfing owner Jeremy Walker uses it to great effect as a varietal wine and blended with Merlot and Pinotage, also with Shiraz and in a sublime Cabernet and Merlot blend.
Morgenhof's Jacques Cilliers produces a regal Cabernet both under the Estate's label and under their Fantail label, where he also presents a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc blend.
Both Grangehurst and Morgenhof offer wines of older vintages ready to drink when purchased.
Simonsig's Johan Malan, is a dab hand at Cabernet, and his Simonsig The Labyrinth 2006 is gently brushed with oak and presents dry, with all the classical flavour boxes for Cabernet ticked.
Michael Olivier is a wine writer, broadcaster and author of The People's Guide – navigate the winelands in a shopping trolley.