The First Drop
Benguela Cove is a leading producer and wine destination, at the start of South Africa’s Hermanus Wine Route. Discover and enjoy the finest award-winning wines from our quality vineyards.
Cherry, boiled sweets and tobacco leaf aromas form the backbone of the 2015 vintage, whilst hints of spice and forest ¬oor can be detected. The palate shows a suave elegance, neatly framed by polished tannins. Good balance and graceful poise are amply exhibited, with light layers of plum and dark chocolate following through on the nish.
Serve it with virtually any dish but especially with lamb, coq au vin, game and rabbit.
Grapes were handpicked and only individually selected bunches were harvested at maximum -avour intensity. After both bunch and berry sorting on arrival at the winery, the grapes underwent a four-day pre-fermentation cold soak allowing for maximum fruit and colour extraction. Juices were fermented using a combination of indigenous (30%) and commercial (70%) yeast strains. Micro fermentations using a combination of whole bunch, whole berries and crushed berries was done — this is typically what we’ll do as it gives us a full palate of components and aromas to work with. Alcoholic fermentation lasted approximately six days after which it was pressed, settled and transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
The wine was racked from barrel once over the nine-month maturation period, as preserving the freshness and fruit was key for the style we’re looking to produce.