Zevenwacht 7even Rood 2010

A luscious lifestyle wine with hints of fruit and spice, giving a first impression of red berries and chocolate with slight cedar wood undertones. Soft pliable tannins lend subtle support to the structure, yet are unobtrusive on the succulent palate.

Our favourite combinations include seared tuna served on a bed of baby spinach or a good steak braaied to perfection and served with a pepper sauce. A vegan option is also wild mushroom risotto - simply enjoyable. When to Enjoy:Relaxing with good company or with a relaxed meal... How to Serve: Slightly cool.

variety : Merlot | 59% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 10% Shiraz
winemaker : Jacques Viljoen
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.00 % vol  rs : 3.5 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Screwcap  

ageing : A wine to enjoy now!

in the vineyard : Zevenwacht Wine Estate, situated on the beautiful Stellenbosch Wine Route is a modern wine farm with a 300 year history. Owned and managed by the Johnson Family, the Estate has a strong commitment to historic and cultural preservation, as well as, conservation of the surrounding indigenous environment. Two prime farming locations provide the grapes for the Zevenwacht winery. The home vineyard on the Estate‚Äôs panoramic 450 hectare maritime influence property, supplies the majority of the grapes. The farm Zevenrivieren, situated at the crest of the Helshoogte Pass, provides winemaker, Jacques Viljoen, with a boutique selection of grapes that add to the fascinating variety of the wines.

The grapes for this blend originate from prime vineyard sites that have been planted with new clonally material. Most of the sites face southwest and do receive supplementary irrigation resulting in optimal ripeness, superbly concentrated flavours and ripe, supple tannins. A clay sub-soil retains essential moisture and the gravelly, granite derived, topsoil allows for effective drainage.

in the cellar : 59% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 10% Shiraz.

Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon contributes ripe red and black berry fruits. This adds to the lusciousness of the 7even Rood. The Cabernet Franc and Shiraz adds a hint of spiciness and complexity for this approachable wine. We have aged this blend in 3rd and 4th fill French barrels to add to the complexity and softness. A 20% unwooded portion was blended for upfront fruit aromas.