Lievland Vineyards, Coastal Region (South Africa) Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

($20, Vineyard Brands):  This Cabernet over-delivers for the price.  Perhaps it’s the inclusion of a little Cinsault (8%) and Shiraz (6%), but whatever it is, there is a fabulous combination of savory — black and green olive notes — intertwined with black fruit flavors.  Not jammy or sweet, they hit the balance of fruit/savory notes perfectly.  Polished tannins add a suppleness while still providing support and a whiff of bitterness in the finish reminds you it’s serious wine.  And a bargain to boot!
92 Michael Apstein Jul 9, 2019