Eighth Wonder 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cape Cauldron, Stellenbosch, South Africa; 14.0% ABV
$10 at the Richmond, CA, store

eighthwonder_2012_cabernetThere was an Eighth Wonder Chardonnay that didn’t sell very well, but this Cabernet looked like it could be pretty good.  It might be, but I can’t tell yet.

On the first night, I felt this wine never really opened up.  While it showed promising flavors of earthy bing cherry, plum / blackberry, typical SA savory flavors (bay leaf, rust / dried orange peel), the fruit never really came forward, and it stayed rather closed and cranberry / plum acid.  It seemed like there was a bit packed in that that was not coming out, so I am hopeful about the saved bottle.

However, the saved, single-glass, screw-cap bottle of this wine, while still tasting like good Cabernet — ripe and tart earthy bing cherry, maybe a little green bell pepper — still did not really open up.  So, while this seems like pretty good Cabernet for the money, I’m guessing it still needs a bit more age for me to really appreciate it.  Folks who like more reserved and tannic wines might like it now.

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4 thoughts on “Eighth Wonder 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Seedboy

    The cabs from Stellenbosch I’ve tasted have not generally shown a lot of fruit, tending to be more savory/herbaceous.

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  2. Expat

    I didn’t give this wine time to open up and I just got tart cranberry. I really didn’t detect there was much more for age or breathing to reveal. For me this was a dud and for $10 at GO you can do so much better.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Thanks for weighing in, Expat. I figured that if anyone would like this wine, as is, you would. Depending on how things go during the upcoming fall sale, I might get another bottle to lay down for a few years.

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  3. john flaherty

    Unfortunately most of the good South African wines never reach the U.S. I have traveled and tasted some wonderful stuff there. Most wineries produce very little and cannot afford to ship due to currency problems. So what you see in the U.S. is sauvigon blanc and a few reds, maybe pinotage. Thin fruit and disappointing. But you can find old vine outstanding pinotage in S.A. which will blow your socks off. I brought some home to California! South African wines are the undiscovered jewels in the wine world. Go there and find out.

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