Some time ago I was given 3 bottles of Nederburg Auction Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1970, ’72 and ’74 vintages. These wines were stored in a garage and the corks showed seepage over many warm summers. At home I stored the bottles upright but really had little hope that they would be any good.
Nederburg has always produced some big flavourful Cabernet’s befitting a warm climate. The ’74 opened recently had an interesting port-like character, by no means gone and gave a glimpse of what it once was; big, flavourful and dense. David Hughes wrote in his 300 Great South African Wines (1983) that the 1972 was “…big, powerful…” with the 1974 “…much along the same lines…”.
Wine Cellar (Cape Town) stocks a range of fine older vintages which can be found here: