Dominik Mueller

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2013 Capaia One

Tasting note

2013 Capaia One

A cuvée of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 21% Shiraz (Syrah) and 6% Petit Verdot. Deep, dark red colour with only slightly brownish, brick-red reflections. A pleasant menthol freshness in the bouquet, reminiscent of mint or eucalyptus. In addition, blackberries, sweet vanilla. You can sense that the wine was matured for 18 months in 60% new French oak barrels before it was bottled. The tertiary tobacco notes do not mask the impression of a stony minerality. Complex and yet not too broad, that’s pleasing already! On to the taste: Very dry mouthfeel with soft tannins. Full-bodied, astringent with a hint of iron. Dark berries in the primary fruit, but rather austere, which should not be a negative point at this stage. Instead smoky, paired with a discreet vanilla sweetness. The finish is long and dry. A very nice Bordeaux blend from Philadelphia, South Africa. It presents itself beautifully today. With proper cellaring, it may hold this level for another one to three years, but better not wait too long.

Drink from 2018 through 2024.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Thursday, 22 December 2022.


91Wines with a rating of DM91 to DM93 are exceptionally good. These are wines that are not just well-made but which have a character of their own that makes them stand out. These wines offer a level of complexity that we can spend a long time with if we want to. In WSET terms, wines with a DM91 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 3.0 WSET score.
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3.0Wines with a 3.0 WSET rating are clearly 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 3.0 usually get 91 to 92 DM points.
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4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of quality.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2013
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Cabernet Sauvignon
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Country:South Africa
Region:Coastal Region
Appellation:Philadelphia WO
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