Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, South Africa 

My Rating 82 Points.   

Price $10. 
Deep ruby in color with a purple rim.

Spicy and earthy on the nose, with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, barnyard, chocolates, vanilla, light cola, vegetables, mocha, spices, leather, dirt and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, mint, coffee, chocolates, smoke, earth, bell pepper, spices and peppercorn.

Medium finish with gripy tannins (after an hour), black pepper and bitter vegetables.

This Cabernet Sauvignon is extremely spicy. Simple and earthy, with a lot of spunk. A bit unbalanced, but drinkable. Better with food though and needs time to open up.

I had the 2012 and 13, which were pretty similar, except for the alcohol level which was 14.5%.
This vintage has 14% alcohol by volume.

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