Region: Stellenbosch (Somerset West)
BLEND COMPOSITION: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
The grapes were handpicked early in the morning and stored in the cold room overnight. They were hand sorted and destemmed before being pumped into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The grapes underwent a 72-hour cold soak before the temperature was lifted to stimulate fermentation and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot juice was separately inoculated. The fermentation lasted 12 days. A one week extended maceration ensured suitable extraction of tannins giving the wine structure. Both cultivars were matured separately and then subjected to a 14 month barrelling period (second and third fill French oak barrels) before being blended, fined, stabilized and bottled.
This old World style red blend displays rich dark red fruit aromas including blackcurrant, blueberry and ripe cherry as well as violet floral tones. These aromas follow through into the palate and are accompanied by sweet tobacco and Christmas cake characters from oak ageing. This wine has a well integrated tannic structure showing elegance and lengthy finish.