Dark plum in colour. The wine shows dark berries on the nose with subtle hints of oak and mint chocolate aromas. A fruit-driven palate shows luscious cherry and lingering berry flavours.
Enjoy now or within 2 - 4 years of harvest.
85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Serve with seared beef fillets in berry coulis sauce.
Trellised vines aged 7 - 9 years planted on north-easterly slopes yielded the grapes for this wine. The vines received supplementary irrigation and produced 8 tons per hectare.
Western Cape: Stellenbosch, Swartland, Breedekloof
Temperature: Winter 9 - 18°C; Summer 14 - 26°C
Annual Rainfall: 650 mm
Proximity to ocean: 20 - 50 km
Soil: Clovelly, Hutton, Fernwood and Avalon
Grapes were harvested at 24° Balling.
After harvesting the grapes were gently crushed and de-stemmed. and cooled for fermentation. After 2 days of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks at 24° C. Three pump-overs were conducted daily. Some 20% of the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 4 - 8 months; the rest matured in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.