Extensive vineyard management including strict crop yield
control, leaf removal to increase sunlight exposure resulting
in optimal grape ripeness. Berry sorting at the winery ensures
only the perfect berries reach the fermentation tank. The
wine is partially fermented in open-top barrels with gentle,
hand punch-downs. The remainder of the wine is then
fermented in stainless steel tanks with gentle pump-overs and
long extended maceration periods on the grape skins after
fermentation that allows for silky integrated and balanced
Certain components are aged in barrels for up to 19 months.
Only the 15 best barrels from all five Bordeaux varietals were
selected and carefully blended to bring forward the best of
each varietal and their unique terroir expression. The wine is
aged in 50% new and 50% second fill barrels, all French oak.
On the nose: Complex dark berry (pastille, cherry and plum)
with underlying aromatic spice.
Palate: A full-bodied wine with a cool-climate, silky elegance
that is complex, rich and has a good balance. Refined, good
integration of the varietals with each contributing character
to the blend. An intense, dense, lingering finish.
The vineyards are in two distinctly different terroir that
complement each other beautifully by bringing a delicate
touch to otherwise powerful wines. One terroir is the
weathered granite soil of the Helderberg foothills and the
other is Elgin’s cool-climate vineyards that deliver finesse and
elegance thanks to their constant and cool sea breezes
Drinking well already, yet promises greater
integration and intrigue for up to 10 years from vintage.
37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet
Franc, 13% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot,
|Residual Sugar||2.5 g/l|
|Total Acid||5.6 g/l|