Appearance: Bright Opaque
Aroma: The classic cassis and black berries aromas are aided by rich spiciness and cedar, with a subtle hint of Cigar box and lead pencil. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon that is true to its origin of the Helderberg Mountains in Stellenbosch.
Palate: The complexity from the nose is well represented on the palate with the ripe and juicy black fruit and subtle cedar notes with a bold, yet graceful mouth-feel. The good, grippy tannin structure aides in creating a wonderful texture to this beautifully drinking wine, with a lingering, powerful finish.
Impression: “I have a great respect for Napa Cabernet Sauvignons as I appreciate the art of their balance in such powerful wine. This wine was made to see how close we can come to a Napa style Cabernet Sauvignon in Stellenbosch.”
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemakers: Philip van Staden
Alcohol: 14.59 vol%
Acidity: 5.8 g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.9 g/l
Mediterranean rainfall of approx 650mm per annum. The vineyards are situated at the upper end of the valley, hence the slightly warmer and more moderate climatic conditions, resulting in optimum grape berry ripeness. The grapes are sourced from vineyards from 83m up to 250m above sea level
A diverse composition of soil and topography add complexity and an array of different characteristics to the wine.
VINIFICATION & STYLE
Fermentation took place in open top fermentors and was followed by a maceration period of 14 days after primary fermentation. The wine was matured in first fill French oak for 18 months.