Intense dark colour. The nose shows restraint, with aromas of complex black berry and cedary notes. The palate is tight and fresh followed by fine, dense tannins. This is a wine which is built to last and for early drinking would benefit with decanting.
Stews, Steak, Lamb, Casseroles, Roasts, Venison
IN THE VINEYARD
Well established trellised vineyards planted on Southwest facing slopes on well-drained decomposed granite soils from the Bottelary hills and Jonkershoek valley. These vineyards have access to supplementary irrigation.
2016 winter was the 2nd year of drought conditions in the Western Cape of South Africa with little rain that fell in the winter of 2016, followed by a relatively warm and dry summer. Early budding resulted in an early harvest season.
ABOUT THE HARVEST
IN THE CELLAR
Fermentation is initiated in stainless steel tanks. The de-stemmed grapes underwent a series of pump overs until dry. Further maceration is allowed before drawing off and light pressing. Malolactic fermentation was completed in new French oak barrels. This wine spent 18 months in 25% new French oak barrels and the balance is 2nd , 3rd and 4th fill.
Bottled in December 2018.
Showing what Stellenbosch as a collective can do with Cabernet Sauvignon, this award-winning celebrates the noble variety within a multi-vineyard blend. It pays tribute to the culture rich town of Stellenbosch from which grows a reputation of innovation, originality, resourcefulness and creativity; the core principles of winemaking.