Proprietor's Blend 2018

Proprietor's Blend 2018

Crimson with a plum core. Intense graphite, edged in dark chocolate and black pepper spice; these brooding aromatics unspool, coating black cherries, plums and cassis. On the palate ribbons of juicy black and red cherries abound across a fine-boned structure, the tannins, crushed and soft, wrap around this density like silk. From this savoury, plums and redcurrants are drawn into the deep-fruited and peppery finish.

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Viticulture

The Proprietor’s Blend is a blend of six varieties that are grown on the property. These vineyards grow on the warm, north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. These particular varieties thrive under these conditions and result in rich full-bodied red wines. With an altitude of approximately 250 metres above sea level, together with the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean, the ripening period can be extended, resulting in wines with phenolic ripeness.

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Viniculture

The grapes were hand-harvested in the cool of the early morning. Whole berries were fermented in open top tanks and barrels with intermittent pump-overs and punch-downs to ensure a balance between flavour, colour and tannin extraction from the skins. The Shiraz component was partially whole bunch fermented to aid with flavour complexity. All ferments were meticulously monitored to ensure that the natural aromas and flavours were preserved. After primary fermentation, some tanks underwent extended maceration. Each variety was matured separately in oak before final blending and bottling.

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Tasting Notes

Crimson with a plum core. Intense graphite, edged in dark chocolate and black pepper spice; these brooding aromatics unspool, coating black cherries, plums and cassis. On the palate ribbons of juicy black and red cherries abound across a fine-boned structure, the tannins, crushed and soft, wrap around this density like silk. From this savoury, plums and redcurrants are drawn into the deep-fruited and peppery finish.

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Technical Data

Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch

Cabernet Sauvignon 60%; Shiraz 20%; Merlot 5%; Cabernet Franc 5%; Malbec 5% and Petit Verdot 5%

Alc 14.31% by Vol. – R.S. 3.3 g/l – T.A. 6.1 g/l – pH 3.59

Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (30% new)

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Awards

Decanter World Wine Awards – 92 Points (Silver)
Winemag Prescient Signature Red Blend Report – Top 10 & Best Overall (94 Points)
Platters Wine Guide 2023 - 4.5 Stars