This superb Erika Obermeyer Super Premium Pack contains one bottle each of
Erika Obermeyer Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Deep, inky crimson. Initially there’s some alcohol on the nose but behind that is fragrant and classic South African Cabernet – fully ripe but with an inviting leafy side to the black fruit. The oak spice shows a little more on the palate than on the nose but the fruit is nevertheless intense and pure, with a nice rocky/dusty aspect to the aroma. Still remarkably primary given the time in bottle but the tannins are smoothing out even though they are still pretty powerful and compact. I couldn’t drink more than a glass of this at the moment – although perhaps it would be different with a chunk of steak – because of the concentration and the alcohol but it’s in balance, with just enough freshness, and set for a long future, when it may be a little more digestible. 16++/20 Julia Harding MW of JancisRobinson.com
Lightish cherry red. Sweet and lightly spiced red-cherry aroma, lifted and fragrantly inviting with just a hint of Syrah pepper, the oak very much in the background. Juicy, sweet red fruit – more the character of Grenache and Cinsault than the Syrah, until you taste the fine but definite tannins. This needs to be served cool to mitigate the alcohol but it is more accessible, more drinkable, at this young age than the Cabernet 2015 seems to be. Long, fresh and moreish on the finish. Still quite alcoholic but the fruit and freshness carries it, especially when the wine is served on the cool side. 17/20 Julia Harding MW of JancisRobinson.com
Very grassy, nettly aroma, sugar snap and green fig. Packed with methoxypyrazines. Capsicum and citrus on the palate, intensely grassy and green fig, reminding me of the style of Steenberg Sauvignon from Constantia, a style that I have not found outside of South Africa. I thought there might have been a touch of residual sugar here as there seems to be a slight sweet-sour effect on the finish but apparently it is technically dry (RS 2.1 g/l), so it must just be fruit sweetness. (I have a very sensitive reaction to any sort of sweetness in Sauvignon so this may just be a matter of personal preference.) The oak influence is barely noticeable except in a fullness on the palate, intense and long while still fresh. 17/20 Julia Harding MW of JancisRobinson.com
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