WINEMAKER: Abrie Beeslaar
COMPOSITION: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AGE OF VINES: 10 to 20 years
SOIL TYPE: Decomposed Granite
YIELD: 7 tons per hectare
AGEING POTENTIAL: 6 to 8 years from vintage
PRODUCTION VOLUME: 3000 cases (6 x 750ml)
FOOD PAIRING: All types of steak | Slow-cooked venison | Braised beef short ribs | Rosemary lamb shanks | Matured cheddar | Beef stew
Winter rainfall was higher than the previous two winters. Irregular temperatures from winter until the flowering period, together with cool growing conditions, led to great variations in the vineyards. The cool weather and regular rain showers led to less water stress for the vines during ripening. Harvest time was characterized by regular rain showers.
WINEMAKING / MATURATION:
Fermentation took place in open top concrete fermenters at 280C. The floating skins were punched down mechanically, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 5 – 6 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 12 months in older 225L French oak barrels.
Opulent aromas of blueberries, plums and red currants. Underlying hints of dried herbs and subtle oak spice add further complexity. The tannins are finely textured, and add a sturdy framework to support the plush fruit core. Concentrated flavors of blue- and blackberries, combined with the delicate acidity, creates a classic Stellenbosch Cabernet with a lengthy, dry finish.
92 pts Tim Atkin MW
Even in a tricky Stellenbosch vintage like 2019, this impressive, ludicrously good value Cabernet Sauvignon delivers the goods. Structured, perfumed and sensitively wooded, it has serious tannins for a R150 red, notes of mint and cassis and a textured, detailed finish. 2022-27
Oz Clarke – 92 points