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.


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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
Vineyard: n/a
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