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750 ml (Standard)

2013


Cultivar:

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

94 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

14.52% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.94
Type: Red Wine, Red Blend Cellaring Potential: 10 to 15 yrs
Origin: Somerset West Appellation: Somerset West

Tasting Notes:

The 2013 is a beautiful and elegant wine with good concentration and lovely fruit. Plum, chocolate, graphite and cassis and cedar wood on the nose, on the palate the fruit, tannin and acidity marry perfectly to offer balance and complexity, supported by flavours of black cherry, black currants and refreshing minerals.

Plum
Plum

Cassis
Cassis

Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate

Graphite
Graphite

The grapes are always sourced from the Rondekop Vineyards. Grown at 200 – 220 meters above sea level. These vineyards are extremely wind exposed and this leads to thick skinned berries that deliver very concentrated juice.

The 2012 winter blessed us with 880 mm of rain. The spring of 2012 was wet and cold and even the end of summer (Feb 2013) was relatively cool with good rain-98 mm! We started harvesting Merlot on the 5th March (late) and Cabernet on the 20th. The harvest for Cabernet finished on the 11th April.

Grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed BUT not crushed. The de-stemmed grapes were cooled to 8°C and ‘cold soaked’ for 168 hours. Fermentation took place at 25°C followed by a 35 day maceration on the skins.

After malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine went into 40% new French oak barrels for 17 months.

Food pairing

Karoo lamb rack or beef fillet done on vine wood.

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