Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Ageing: 18 months in 68% new, 32% 2nd fill French oak
Maturation: up to 10 years from date of vintage
45% Cabernet Franc
29% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Petit Verdot
The grapes were handpicked and crushed into stainless steel fermenters where the must was cold soaked overnight and allowed to begin fermentation spontaneously as the grapes gradually warmed up. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the grapes remained on skins for a further period of maceration before being pressed to tank for the remainder of malolactic fermentation. The various batches were then racked and transferred to French oak barrels for maturation.
Dark ruby in appearance, with bright plummy hues. The nose shows spicy aromatics of cedar wood, anise and pencil shavings punctuated by intense cassis and mulberry notes. The palate is firm with a chalky tannin structure and pronounced savoury character. Subtle oak flavours perfume the palate providing balanced tone and length.