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Taaibosch, Crescendo 2018

(3 reviews)

A Cabernet Franc dominated Bordeaux blend from 21-year-old vines.

“Very few recent South African releases have been as eagerly awaited… and it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest.” – Tim Atkin

Dark fruits and violet on the nose with a palate that is fresh and bright with beautiful tannin – structured to age brilliantly.

97pts | Tim Atkin



Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

LightFull Bodied



Cultivars: 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon


This majestic estate is situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain, with panoramic views stretching to Cape Point, Table Mountain, and the Stellenbosch Hills.

Here the vineyards are planted at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level and with a direct South West facing to False Bay. It is this unique positioning which provides these vineyards with the required cooling influence for optimal ripening during the summer months.


The Crescendo is a true reflection of terroir from which its grapes originate, and it is particularly characteristic of wine made in the historic region of Stellenbosch. It is the Cabernet Franc in particular, where purity of fruit is amplified by the site on which it is grown.

Notes of white pepper, cloves, and red berries give this wine delightful aromatics to pleasure the senses. The tension in the wine lends itself to an elegant finish, bringing together the various elements in a general fashion culminating in a well-polished wine.


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 is then initiated which enables rich extraction of colour, elegant aromas and bright flavour. Extended maceration is undertaken at the conclusion of fermentation which assists in providing the wine with soft texture, increased colour intensity and complexity.
Appellation: Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Vine Age: 20 years or older


This wine has matured for three years in a combination of 225L oak barrels, 9000L Foudre vessels and traditional 4500L cement tanks. These various vessels provide a multitude of elements to use during the blending of this wines, ranging from fruit character to subtle wood influence. These elements are then brought selectively together to form a harmonious unit.

Additional information

Alcohol vol



Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend



Wine Farm

Red meat, stews and hearty pasta dishes

3 reviews for Taaibosch, Crescendo 2018

  1. 97pts | Tim Atkin

    “Very few recent South African releases have been as eagerly awaited as this 2018 red from the old Cordoba property on the flank of the Helderberg. And it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. Cabernet Franc-centred, with 24% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, the new crescendo is a beautifully refined, detailed red wine from 21-year-old vines. Violet and cut grass aromas lead into a palate that is fresh, bright and comparatively low in alcohol with filigree tannins, subtle wood, fine tension and the focus and balance to age. What a debut! 2024-32”

    Tim Atkin

  2. 95pts | Platter’s

    “Great value at the highest level in 2018. 65% cab franc with merlot, & 5% cedary cab adding to the fine, firm structure. Plush & intense dark fruit resolves with air into complex & lovely wine – but deserves many years in bottle. Subtly matured in 9,000L & 225L oak & cement.”


  3. 95pts | Greg Sherwood

    “This wine has wonderful gravitas, an individual character and a real palate presence and continues to tantalise the senses right up to the very last sip that is loaded with a lovely broad blood orange acidity and mouth-watering salinity. I feel confident this wine is something really special to bury in your cellar for drinking over a good 15 to 20+ years. An impressive homage to the original Crescendo blends of the late 1990s.”

    Greg Sherwood MW

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