Grapes are carefully selected and hand-picked from vineyards located in Firgrove, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch Mountain and Bottelary. The wines were fermented separately until dry in traditional open concrete tanks with regular manual plunging. Secondary fermentation proceeded in tanks after which the wines were moved to French oak barrels. The parts were then blended after a year of ageing and matured for a further 8 months in French oak barrels. The wine has undergone no fining and is predominantly a meticulous blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon; 18%Cinsaut; 13% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot; 5% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc.
Ripe and juicy on the nose with typical red fruit aromas of plum and red cherry and milled pepper are balanced by aromas of black liquorice and savoury spice. The palate is hugely appealing with mouth-filling flavours of red berries, plums and smoky hints balanced with a fine, soft tannic structure and rounded finish. A finely structured and harmonious blend.
Ideally paired with a meaty pasta dish and richer stews.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2020