Grand Vin de Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2020


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

Robert Parker – Wine Advocate 2023
91 Points
Decanter 2023
90 Points - Silver (2020 Vintage)
John Platter Guide 2023 by Diners Club International
4.5 Stars (2020 Vintage)
Gilbert & Gaillard Awards 2022
92 Points - Double Gold (2020 Vintage)
Veritas 2022
Gold (2020 Vintage)
Tim Atkin 2022
93 Points (2020 Vintage)
Old Mutual Trophy 2022
86 Points
John Platter By Diners Club 2022
4 Stars
International Wine and Spirits Competition 2021
Bronze - Vintage 2020
International Wine and Spirits Competition 2020
International Wine Challenge 2020
International Wine Challenge 2020
Bronze - 2017 Vintage

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

Technical Information:
Alc: 14.5%
RS: 2.60
pH: 3.55
TA: 5.57