Stellenbosch, South Africa
59% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Cabernet Franc
10% Petit Verdot
The grapes were handpicked in the early hours of the morning from the Estate’s oldest single vineyard.
Faced with severe drought, the challenging conditions of the 2018 harvest resulted in one of the smallest yields in years. Yet despite the significant difficulties, the cooler ripening period and smaller crops produced berries with concentrated flavour and intense colour providing wines of notable quality.
Extensive sorting of the grapes formed part of the quality management process. The grapes were de-stemmed only, not crushed, to ensure gentle extraction of fruit flavours. Whole berry fermentation and
gentle punch downs ensured extra care in handling of grapes. After basket pressing, the wine matured in 50% new French oak barrels for 16 months, where malolactic fermentation took place.
Residual Sugar: 2.6 g/1
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/1
Optimal ageing potential of 5 – 8 years.