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Country: South Africa
Grape varieties: 84% Petit Verdot, 10% Shiraz 6% Malbec.
WINE OF ORIGIN: Stellenbosch
About: The Petit Verdot vineyard is situated in the Helderberg area and has well-drained soils. The Shiraz and Malbec originated from vineyards on weathered granite soils closer to the Atlantic Ocean. These vineyards are all exposed to cool early afternoon sea breezes, enhancing the flavours of the wine.
The grapes were hand-harvested and bunch selection took place in the vineyards. On arrival at the cellar bunches were destemmed and machine-sorted, then cold soaked for 48 hours. Fermentation took place, with frequent but gentle pumpovers ensuring fine tannin extraction. After malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, thereafter barrel maturation took place in first, second and older 300-litre barrels for 18-months before final blending and bolting.
Aging Potential: Drinking well already yet promises greater integration and intrigue for up to 10 years from vintage.
Tasting Notes: The Petit Verdot contributes to the muscular structure of the wine while the Shiraz adds a distinctive flavour and spice to the mid-palate. The Malbec adds bright berry fruit. This wine displays delicious dark black cherries with dark chocolate and spice on the mid-palate and a lingering finish.
Alcohol %: 14%
Unit Size: 75cl