The 32nd TEXSOM International Wine Awards drew 3,200 wines, which were tasted by 67 judges, and Ernie Els Wines was honored to receive two medals.
Wine Spectator asked its editors to pick their favorite wines, with an eye to "values for every budget." In the $15 to $30 range, James Molesworth selected the Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon.
“A standout trio of drink-and-eat wineries begins with the 300-year-old estate, Rust en Vrede, a favorite of Nelson Mandela's."
"Though it’s ambitiously oaked and powerful, with plenty of alcohol to fill out its structure, that structure is fine, the tannins maintaining a fierce integrity, the flavors delicate enough to carry notes of fynbos, delivering the scent of the Cape’s distinctive flower kingdom to the world."
"Consider a wine that conveys mystery and intrigue, inspiring sensations to explore together."
"That appealing aspect of sea-breeze freshness and salinity washes over the palate, bringing subtle touches of roasted lemon, peach and spiced pear..."