2010 Michelangelo CCL International Wine Awards - Gold Medal 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show - Silver medal (85/100) 2008 Veritas - Gold
This wine shows tones of ripe fruit, opulent dark berry aromas, with a soft tone of spice. Wood well integrated wood with mouth-puckering tannins with a backbone structure true to Stellenbosch.
- Winemaker Marius Malan
This wine will be able to age and for the best results drink around 2012.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
Age of vines:
Cabernet Sauvignon: Block 305C - 14 years; Block 114 - 16 years
Merlot: Block 302 - 11 years
Trellising: 5 wire trellising
Pruning: Cordon with spurs
Soil: Deep Hutton, decomposed granite
Position: North-West facing slopes of Simonsberg on the farm Ernita and Slaley
Irrigation: Overhead sprinklers
Cabernet Sauvignon: 4.85 - 8.82 tons/ha
Merlot: 6.65 ton/ha
- Marius Malan
Harvest DateMerlot: 15 March 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon: 25 March 2006
Fermentation: Fermentation took place in open tanks. The Cabernet fermented at moderate temperatures (25° - 28° C) and spent 10 days on the skins before pressing. The Merlot underwent higher fermentation temperatures and spent 15 days on the skins prior to pressing. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The blend was made up prior to bottling.
Maturation: 14 months in wood (50% New oak; 100% French oak)
Fining: No fining were done
Filtration: 70 micron to bottle
The first harvest for new winemaker, Marius Malan. Open fermenters were brought to the party, and manual punch downs - the key for his wines.