De Wet Viljoen
Colour: Dark plum with a slight purple tinge. Bouquet: Aromas of mulberry, cinnamon with undertones of plum and subtle banana. Taste: Elegant, velvety and medium-bodied with meaty savoury notes supported by black berry flavours.
The wine is ready to drink now, but has the potential to mature further over the next 5 years.
This wine is an ideal companion to red meat and rich cheeses.
The grapes were sourced from 10 year old south-east facing vineyards. The vines were grafted on Richter 99 rootstock and grows in deep red soil at 125m above sea-level. The vines are trellised on a five-wire vertical hedge system and irrigated by means of an overhead sprinkler system.
The grapes were harvested by hand at 24Â° Balling in mid-February with a yield of 6 tons per hectare.
Fermentation in rotation tanks took place at 25Â° to 28Â°C over six days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 17 months in a combination of French (75%) and American (25%) oak, of which 24% was new barrels.