On the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain between the wine-growing areas of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.
Cabernet Franc,Grenache Noir,Malbec,Marselan,Merlot,Mourvedre,Petit Verdot,Pinotage,Shiraz,
Western Cape,South Africa,
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
The cultivars are harvested separately and made separately. Fermentation takes place on the skins for around seven days, after which it is given an extended maceration period of about one week. The wine is then pressed into 20% new and 70% second- and third-fill 300-litre French oak barrels, as well as 10% in 4200-litre French oak foudres. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked and then returned to the barrels to total 12 months of maturation before being bottled.
In The Vineyard
53% shiraz, 19% pinotage, 8% cabernet franc, 6% merlot, 5% malbec, 3% petit verdot, 3% mourvèdre, 2% grenache noir, 1% marselan. Combination of Klapmuts/Longlands type soils of Malmesbury shale origin as well as Oakleaf and Hutton type soils of Cape granite origin.
Crushed mulberry on the nose, with blackberry and plum flavours with well-judged oak maturation, adding layers of sweet spice, vanilla and dark chocolate. Succulent black fruit with a savoury edge of cigar box and graphite on the palate, all held together beautifully with smooth tannins and a tightly knit structure.