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Deep garnet with ruby core. Classic and refined, the nose unspools with new leather, newspapers from the press, and cinnamon dusted plum. Sappy cassis and black cherry coalesce along a plummy line of acidity. The tannins are perfectly rounded by time in the bottle and draw the ample fruit into a beautifully dry finish that lingers with resonance.
All fruit was sourced from the Ernie Els Wines property, with vineyards that grow on the warm north-facing slopes of the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. Each variety is separately managed to create unique and varied flavour profiles for this classic Bordeaux-style blend. 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.
The grapes were hand-harvested in the cool hours 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. All ferments were meticulously monitored to ensure that all the natural aromas and flavours are preserved. After primary fermentation, some tanks will undergo extended maceration. Each variety was matured separately in oak before final blending.
Deep garnet with ruby core. Evocative aromas of cedar, crushed mulberries, heirloom tomatoes dug out of the soil, sweetened by cassis opulence and refreshing hints of bouquet garni with lavender flowers. Classic and refined, the nose unspools with new leather, newspapers from the press, and cinnamon dusted plum. The 2017 vintage delivered concentrated fruit and this is evidenced on the weighty palate; showing off dark curves lined in velvet tannins. Sappy cassis and black cherry coalesce along a plummy line of acidity. The tannins are perfectly rounded by time in the bottle and draw the ample fruit into a beautifully dry finish that lingers with resonance.
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Malbec 5% & Petit Verdot 5%
Alc 14.77% by Vol. -R.S 2.0 g/l. T.A. 6.3 g/l. pH 3.56
Aged for 18 months in French Oak Barrels (60% new)
Decanter World Wine Awards - Gold (95 Points)