TEST PRODUCT 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Cabernet is considered king of the grapes; the 21 Gables more than does this regal reputation justice. Open this mysterious and majestic beast and you’ll have instantly ensured your meal is set to be a special one.
An abundance of cassis and violets with concentrated aromas of cedar and pencil lead. A full-bodied wine with a concentrated structure and opulent finish.
John Platter Wine Guide 2021 - 4.5 stars
The concentrated structure will marry well with grilled steaks; also terrific with a lamb shank braise or aubergine tagine.
TERROIR / SOIL
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS
The vines are grown on the west-northwesterly-facing slope of the majestic Helderberg mountain, on the southern side of Stellenbosch. Slow ripening of the 14-year-old vines’ fruit is a result of them being a mere 7km from the False Bay coast and 300m above sea level. The granitic soil features clay in the subsoil which aids in moisture retention. This results in small berries concentrated in flavour and tannin. The foliage is manicured to withstand the onslaught of the cool southeasterly wind during ripening and to enable the bunches to develop colour and flavour evenly during the cool, slow cycle of ripening.
The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and individually sorted to ensure only the best coloured and sized fruit was selected. Fermentation occurred in stainless-steel fermenters for a period of 24 days and barrelled down to 70% new French oak barrels for 26 months. Barrel selection was done to make the perfect blend of the original single vineyard site.