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Stellenbosch Cabernet 2017 en-primeur

Wine Cellar offered the very first Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignons en-primeur with the 2015 vintage. As they have hit the market there has been a strong realisation that it's the greatest modern-day Cape vintage ever. Until we tasted the 2017s at least…

'Fine, ripe tannins with pure, expressive fruit, freshness and length.' – Christo Le Riche on 2017

'The wines showed remarkably well, with superb structures and surprising balance given their youth, thanks to vibrant, assertive and ripe fruit profiles.' – Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast

On average the 2015 en-primeurs realised a 9,96% annualised saving on their release prices. With more experience, and by targeting only the top wines, we believe 2017 will save you up to 15% per annum until release! The category as a whole is burgeoning, with high demand for quality grapes and retail prices well below global benchmarks. There are also a number of top-flight producers that are set for price adjustments. Thelema and Alto are specifically under-priced against a R395 average, while Kanonkop, Neil Ellis, Waterford, Rustenberg and Le Riche lead the industry in quality and brand equity and yet not price. Kleine Zalze was the highest-rated Cabernet Sauvignon on average by the two media houses.

2017 was the 3rd drought vintage in a row and is possibly more concentrated than the fine 2015s. Quality is similarly consistent across the board it will be fascinating to pair these vintages side by side in decades to come. Read more on the vintage by Wine Enthusiast and Winemag.co.za.

P.S. The 2016s are generally earlier drinking in style and less consistent in quality. We deemed it not worthwhile for an en-primeur campaign.


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 Wine Release date Winemag.co.za Wine Enthusiast R/bottle 
 Alto, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Dec 2020 91-93 91-93 R 225 
 Kanonkop, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Oct 2020 92-94 92-94 R 420 
 Kleine Zalze, Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Oct 2020 92-94 93-95 R 390 
 Le Riche, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Sep 2020 91-93 90-92 R 550 
 Neil Ellis, Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Sep 2020 94-96 90-92 R 400 
 Rustenberg, Peter Barlow 2017 Apr 2019 92-94 91-93 R 470 
 Thelema, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Jul 2020 93-95 92-94 R 260 
 Waterford, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Jun 2020 92-94 90-92 R 350 


Terms and conditions:

  • En-primeur sales were only open to members of the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collection. Please enquire about the full en-primeur list.
  • The range in scores depicts unfinished wines that will receive a final score once bottled.
  • This offer is valid until Monday, 30 November.
  • Orders are accepted in 6-bottle cases only.
  • Payment is required on presentation of the invoice to secure your order.
  • Wine Cellar offers free delivery on orders over R1,500 anywhere in SA.
  • Wine Cellar offers free cellaring on all 2017 Stellenbosch en-primeur orders until the end of February 2021. Thereafter, normal cellaring and delivery charges will apply.
  • Wine Cellar will contact you on the release of your 2017 en-primeur orders.
  • For further enquiries, email Johan@winecellar.co.za.
Wine Cellar offers the greatest wine region in the world en-primeur (as futures). 2017 will be our 17th Bordeaux campaign and will be offered from April 2018 onwards for delivery in 2020.
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