Sometimes restraint is overrated. Led by Pinotage, this red blend oozes with heady, heavenly decadence. Featuring a whopping eight varietals, it’s like a Black Forest cake, with exuberant layers of rich fruit, chocolate, vanilla and marzipan flavours, all rounded out with hints of spice. Hedonistic? You bet!
TASTING NOTEA dense concentration of fruit precedes delicate spicy aromas that lead to cool vanilla notes. The palate offers Black Forest cake, red and black berries and some seet cherries and dried cranberry. The dense, firm tannins will benefit from decanting. The Blend consists of: 36% Pinotage, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 18% Shiraz, 1% Cinsaut, 1% Malbec, 1% Mourvèdre and 1% Petit Verdot
John Platter Wine Guide 2019 - 4 stars
Slow cooked stew with root vegetables and a hint of truffle oil.
TERROIR / SOILDecomposed granite and clay subsoil
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS15- to 21-year-old vines planted on a vertical trellis system ensures effective foliage management that ensures a correct balance of leaves to allow for slower sugar accumulation and optimal development of fruit aromas and colour intensity.
WINEMAKINGEach varietal was harvested by hand, sorted and fermented individually to develop the true character of the grape. Separate ageing was done for 16 months in 300-litre French oak barrels (30% first fill, 40% second fill and 30% in third fill). After blending, the spent 2 more months to integrate before bottling.