R 212 per bottle
R 1273 per 6 bottle casedelivered to your door in ZA
2012 Veritas Wine Awards - Silver Medal
It is a full-bodied, complex wine with excellent fruit and wood integration. Lots of work in the vineyard and minimal interference in the cellar allows this wine to express its terroir to the fullest.
Deep, ruby red in colour. Expressive cherry and cassis aromas on the nose with delicate hints of violets. On the palate, the cherry flavours persist with just a hint of vanilla and cedar and a good lift of acidity.
The tannins are sumptuous making this is a well-rounded wine which is showing beautifully in its youth but which has the structure and fruit to mature for a good 10 years.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
This wine will pair beautifully with rare roast beef or lamb and with more complex dishes of feathered game.
Serve at room temperature (18ºC).
The Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in 1998 on a portion with a very high concentration of river stone situated on the highest hill on the estate some 155 meters above sea level. The Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are both from young vineyards planted in 2003 and 2004 respectively.
The selection process for this special cuvé already started with the identification of the specific vineyards and working at it with special care from pruning right through to harvesting ensuring a low yield (approximately 5 tons per hectare) and premium quality. The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness at 25-26 °Balling (Brix) on average.
Rietvallei Estéanna 2009 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.
After destemming and slight crushing the mash was taken to open concrete fermenters where traditional wine making methods are still implemented. During fermentation the temperature was regulated between 25-28ºC and the cap regularly wetted by the traditional method of pushing the skins down into the must manually every two hours. This together with pumping-over of the must onto the skins allows the colour and flavour to be extracted very effectively. It took five days to ferment dry and was then left on the skins for another day before racking and pressing. After malolactic fermentation started the wine was transferred to new 300 liter French oak barrels where it was left to mature for eighteen months. This process was the same for all three components making up this blend.