The Wine: Dark purple colour. Aromas of cassis, eucalyptus, black currant and hints of tobacco. Rich fruit with spicy aftertaste lingering on palate. Solid yet soft tannin. Dry finish.
Food Pairing: Enjoy with a beef fillet steak and potato gratin and beans.
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker : Lourens van der Westhuizen
Wine Region: McGregor Valley
At a Glance: ABV: 14 % RS : 2.5 g/l PH : 3.65 TA : 6.4 g/l
TYPE : Red CLOSURE : Cork
Platter’s 3 ½ Stars
Ageing: It is perfect to enjoy now or for (at least) another 5 – 6 years.
In the Vineyard: South-facing, slightly sloped vineyard at Tanagra (McGregor) on rocky Karoo soil and surrounded by Karoo fynbos and veld
In the cellar: Early morning hand selected harvest to optimize grape quality at 24 ballings. Hand-sorting of grapes before destemming. Whole berries are pumped into open top fermenter (without any green stems) and macerated there for about 4 days on the skins, allowing cooled grapes to extract colour and phenolic compounds prior to primary fermentation. Fermentation through natural (wild) yeast as soon as grapes reach room temperature. Punching down of fermenting must 3 times a day until fermentation is completed. Fermentation on the skins until about almost zero ballings. Gentle pressing of skins and malolactic fermentation in 225 litre neutral French oak casks for 14 months. Done with minimal interference through vinification, sediment may occur