A classic Stellenbosch Bordeaux blend that displays a dense opaque colour. There are beautiful, perfumed notes of fresh violets that melt away to reveal ripe, intense notes of crème de cassis, blueberry crumble and plum. The wine has gravitas, intensity and a presence that is neither heavy nor overpowering. A remarkable synergy between these four cultivars. With a seamless integration of
oak spice and oak tannin entwined with the Cabernet’s masculinity and the feminine Merlot, adding real depth and complexity to the wine.
A selection of two magnificent vineyard sites in Stellenbosch. The one at the upper end of Devon Valley has decomposed shale soils. With a 15%-20% clay content it lends itself intrinsically to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Where the second vineyard in the heart of Stellenbosch, with its weathered granite soils adds finesse and flair to the wine versus the bold and black fruit from Devon Valley. Perfumed layers of Cabernet fruit are created in these vineyards. During harvest time meticulous tasting of fruit is crucial to determine when optimum phenolic ripeness is reached. Picking will only commence once the perfect balance is captured in the grapes.
Grapes were crushed, destemmed and cold soaked for two days prior to inoculation. Fermentation peaked at 28°C. With regular and controlled pump overs, sufficient colour and tannin structure were extracted. After extended maceration, the skins were gently pressed. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel and tank.
15 Months in 100% French oak. 39% first fill and 61% second fill
Varieties: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon / 29% Merlot / 5% Cabernet Franc / 4% Petit Verdot
Wine of origin: Stellenbosch
Style of Wine: Full bodied wood matured Bordeaux blend