Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards,

O.T.V.

Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,
Coastal Region,South Africa,
2018
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  • Decanter: 95
  • Greg Sherwood: 95
  • Jancis Robinson: 16.5
  • Tim Atkin: 95

£135.50

Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

Uva Mira benefits from the location of its mountain vineyards, which are 620 metres above sea level at their highest point, as the climate falls into category two on the Winkler Scale. In layman’s terms this means it has a lot more in common with vineyards in France than their South African neighbours. This, alongside the decomposed granite soils, allows them to produce wines which are the finest expression of terroir we’ve seen from anywhere in the New World.

O.T.V is a Bordeaux blend dominated by 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, a rare find in South Africa where Cab Sav is usually preferred as it ripens better – however, the aforementioned unique vineyards and climate are the perfect growing conditions for Uva Mira to produce world class Cabernet Franc. The wine is produced in tiny quantities of less than 1200 bottles per vintage and was the first South African wine to win the coveted Bordeaux Blend Trophy at the Six Nations Wine Challenge in 2017, followed by a Gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards and a score of 96/100 from Tim Atkin this year – in short, it’s a pretty special wine.

The wine itself, which is named in honour of the owner’s father Ockert Tobias Venter, possesses an effortlessly seductive nose of fragrant dark plum and mulberry aromas mingle with inviting fresh tobacco leaf and hints of wild jasmine. Elegant, floral and expressive with stunning purity of fruit and subtle creaminess.

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In The Cellar
Single varietals blended to enhance their individual virtues of flavour and texture. Rigourous selection is followed by meticulous blending. Flavours are balanced and complexity is accentuated. Predicting the future, imagining evolution. A wine of distinction that will be enhanced by careful cellaring and patience. MATURATION 18 months in French oak barrels, 65 % new

In The Vineyard
Leaf fall occurred at the normal time which allowed good reserves to build up. Winter started late with warmer day and night temperatures and lower rainfall than in the 2016 growing season. A warm spring resulted in early, however uniform budding. A cool yet dry and windy November/December resulted in drier soils and small berries. January rains moistened soils and cool evening temperatures allowed for slower ripening of our grapes, resulting in good colour and concentration. A truly exceptional vintage.
"Located in one of Stellenbosch’s nine wards, Uva Mira has grown to become one of the most respected producers in the Helderberg, the ward located closest to the cooling Atlantic Ocean. This super premium O.T.V. blend is a classy mix of 59% Cabernet Franc and 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, two of the most successful red varieties grown on the estate. This flagship blend commemorates the current owner’s father, O.T.Venter Senior, with an inspirational and prestigious cuvee that spares no expense in the pursuit of greatness. The rigorous selection of fruit has yielded a beautiful red wine with clarity, purity, precision and distinction. The aromatics are packed full of perfumed pressed violets, sweet cedar spice, saline crème de cassis, red currants and hints of freshly tilled earth. On the palate, it is every bit as cool and seductive as you would expect from a flagship blend like this, boasting a dense silky texture with tannins of velvet, classical layers of picante black currant and black cherry fruits all wrapped in a considerately oaked, vibrantly fresh, intensely luxurious package. Like the other 2018 reds in the Uva Mira range, they seem to have really nailed the vintage in 2018, producing some of the most attractive wines in the region. Drink now, after an hours decant, if you feel like spoiling yourself, or else bury a case in your cellar for 8 to 10+ years to experience the wines true inner class." - Greg Sherwood MW.
Alcohol:14
Sugar:2.4