Taaibosch Crescendo 2019

Tasting Notes

The 2019 Taaibosch Crescendo is a great follow up 2nd vintage to the exceptional debut 2018 vintage, which was a 5 Star Platter in 2022 and as well as one Tim Atkin’s Top Wines of the Year in his 2021 South African Wine report, receiving 97 pts. The 2019 Crescendo, a Cape Bordeaux blend, with Cabernet Franc at 65% in the lead,  followed up with 25% Merlot with the  Cabernet Sauvignon filling in the remaining 9%, can be looked at as a mini-version of one of Bordeaux’s great red wines, Cheval Blanc, without the cost.

In only a couple of vintages Crescendo has positioned itself in the top echelon in the hierarchy of the Cape’s finest red wines. What’s really impressive about this wine is its price quality ratio, as the many of the premiere red wines out of South Africa have taken significant price increases the past few years. So it’s refreshing to see these folks have put a superior quality product out that is still very smartly priced. Eye catching reviews attest that it’s the real deal and at under $40 a bottle it’s a tremendous value;

Winery: Taaibosch
Varietal: Red Blend
SKU: TAACRED2019 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Taaibosch Crescendo 2019



98 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
Could Schalk-Willem Joubert do it again in 2019 after such an impressive maiden release? You bet he could and he has even improved on that predecessor. This is more precise and nuanced, presenting a seamless assemblage of Cabernet Franc with 26% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon from the windy western corner of the Helderberg. Complex, layered and restrained, with perfumed 35% new wood, graphite, red berry, blackcurrant leaf and tarragon flavours and fresh, sea breeze-kissed finish. 2024-35

97+ pts Greg Sherwood MW Dec 2022
A right bank blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2019 Crescendo shows a big, dense, complex nose with deep dark aromatics of black berries, creme de cassis, sweet cedar and grilled herbs intertwined with graphite, macerated black cherries and a dusty crushed gravel minerality. On the palate the wine is incredibly cool, broad and creamy showing immense power and dry extract concentration on the mid-palate together with wonderfully fine grained spicy mineral tannins and a very long, harmonious focused finish. A superbly complete and texturally pinpoint Cape Bordeaux red blend with a truly Grand Vin classical footprint. An iconic block-buster of the future. Make space in the cellar!

94 pts James Suckling Feb 2024
Very attractive nose of red plums, currants, nutmeg, orange peel and chopped herbs. Medium-bodied and polished with fine-grained tannins. Excellent length. Subtly spicy. 65% cabernet franc, 26% merlot and 9% cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.

4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Nuanced, complex mélange of herb-brushed black fruit on 19 (93 pts) blend of cab franc & merlot (65/26), splash of cab. Black forest gateaux from fine tannin from 2 years in third new oak, small & large format. Statuesque, harmonious & lithe. Like 18, will reward patience.

93 pts Decanter Nov 2022
This well-balanced blend is made with 65% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has depth and a nose of licorice, red berries and green bell pepper mixed with cinnamon. The layered palate is full of black and red fruits, with notes of smoke and thyme flowing smoothly due to its nice acidity. Firm tannins shape a good structure.

Winemaker Notes

This majestic estate is situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain, with panoramic views stretching to Cape Point, Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Stellenbosch Hills. Here the vineyards are planted at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level, facing False Bay to the South West. It is this unique location and positioning which provides the vineyards with the gentle cooling sea breezes, which enables optimal slow ripening during the summer months.

This classical wine has remained true to its composition since it was first produced in the 1990’s. A Bordeaux blend of note, dominated by Cabernet franc, amplified by Merlot and complemented by Cabernet Sauvignon.

All grapes on the estate are hand-picked. Once received in the cellar, the grapes are gently transferred by means of gravity to both stainless steel and cement vessels for fermentation. A period of cold soaking follows, which enables rich extraction of colour, elegant aromas and bright flavour. Extended maceration follows at the conclusion of fermentation, which assists in providing the wine with soft texture, increased colour intensity and complexity.

Minimal intervention is a vision we have embraced for the wines of Taaibosch. To achieve this, we have implemented the most rigorous organic principles to both our viticultural and oenological practices.

To farm organically is a culture, a disciplined way of working and a lifestyle. By achieving this, we believe we are able to stay true to the integrity of our wines, thereby giving to our patrons wines that have been made in a natural and organic way.

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