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Deep crimson going purple to the rim. Cigar box and cedar aromatics buoy a dark cherry radiance, crushed herbs - thyme and wild rosemary - cinnamon smoke, spicy vanilla pod and an undercurrent of forest berries, brambles and sappy twigs.
The Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Petit Verdot vineyards grow on the warm north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. The Hutton Clovelly soils contain a high gravel content which offers rich middle palate weight giving this wine exceptional depth and fruit purity. With an altitude of approximately 250 metres above sea level together with the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean just 15 kilometres away, this extends the ripening period by up to 3 weeks resulting in lovely phenolic ripeness.
The various Cabernet Sauvignon clones grown at the property were hand-picked, and great care was taken to ensure each block was processed separately. The bunches were sorted and destemmed before secondary sorting via an optical sorter took place. The whole berries were fermented in open top tanks. Premium selection grapes from selected parcels within the various clonal blocks were fermented in smaller open fermenters. Intermittent pump-overs and punch downs were done to ensure that the right flavours, aromas and tannins could be extracted from the berries. All ferments were meticulously monitored to ensure an optimal balance between flavour and tannins. After primary fermentation some tanks underwent extended maceration. Each clonal batch of Cabernet was micro-vinified in oak barrels before blending and bottling took place.
Deep crimson going purple to the rim. Cigar box and cedar aromatics buoy a dark cherry radiance, crushed herbs - thyme and wild rosemary - cinnamon smoke, spicy vanilla pod and an undercurrent of forest berries, brambles and sappy twigs. Alpine and fresh. Red plums burst on the palate, juicy and vivid, red and black cherries fold in, supported by graphite-fresh tannins and a plummy acidity. There’s a contained vibrancy to the wine, like a singularity - a promise of evolving and complex development in the years to come.
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Alc. 14.13% by Vol. – R.S. 3.2 g/l – T.A. 6.2 g/l – pH 3.67
Aged for 18 months in 300 litre French oak barrels (25% new)