The Wine: Colour: Deep red,Prominent cherry and blackberry aromas with oak spice in the background.
A full-bodied wine with a good tannin structure and abundant flavours of blackberries, cherries and vanilla oak spice.
Food Pairing: Enjoy on its own or with herb-crusted lamb roasts, game fish, mild cheeses, stuffed poultry and barbecues.
Producer: Neethlingshof estate
Winemaker : De Wet Viljoen
Wine Region: Stellenbosch
At a Glance: ALC : 13.13 % vol RS : 4.40 g/l PH : 3.70 TA : 5.17 g/l
TYPE : Red STYLE: Dry BODY: Full wooded PACK : Bottle SIZE : 750ml CLOSURE : Cork
Ageing: The wine is ready to drink now, but will mature for a further five years.
In the Vineyard: The Neethlingshof estate in Stellenbosch takes its name from its 19th century owner, Marthinus Laurentius Neethling, who served as mayor of Stellenbosch and was also a member of the Cape Parliament.
A member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, acknowledged for its protection of indigenous habitat, the 378 ha winery has set aside 127 ha for conservation. It cultivates both red and white varietals, with the bias marginally in favour of whites. The main white varieties are Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. The predominant soil types found on the farm are Oakleaf and Tukulu.
In the cellar: After destalking and crushing, the mash was fermented using a selected, pure yeast culture. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was matured for a period of 16 months in 90% French oak and 10% American oak barrels with 45% being new and 55% second- and third-fill.