Cape Chamonix Wine Farm produces a range of premium wines that capture the essence and splendour of the estate. The farm is situated on the eastern mountain slopes of the fertile Franschhoek Valley to the north of Cape Town.
It was originally part of the first farm, La Cotte granted to the Huguenots in 1688, of 290 hectares, much is planted with fruit trees and different vines of export quality. Moreover, it boasts some of the highest planted vineyards in the Cape.
This is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The word Troika is a Russian word for a three wheeled cart, and is also the name of one of the award winning horses bred on the farm almost two decades ago. Troika indicates the three noble grape varieties used in this blend. The blend will always be dominated by Cabernet franc fruit grown on the Chamonix estate. The wine has been carefully matured for eighteen months in 60% new French barriques, which leads to integration of all the component cultivars, leaving a lovely creaminess in the aftertaste.
The colour is a deep black-ruby, and the nose is inviting with good depth and fruitiness, reminiscent of fresh cherries laced with fennel and subtle oak. It is this and more on the generous palate, which is deep and complex – a tight wine with a rich core of sappy red berry fruit and great length.
Roast lamb with garlic and rosemary would well-accompanied with a bottle of the Chamonix Troika.