Style: Full-bodied red Vintage: 2016 ABV: 14.5%
Appellation: Stellenbosch Varietal: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot & 3% Malbec
Region: Western Cape County: South Africa
Pairings: Perfect with a steak, this wine will also pair beautifully with burgers, lamb, veal, forest mushrooms, and dark chocolate.
Cheese Pairings: Aged Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar, Bleu, Gorgonzola, Beemster.
About This Wine: Extensive sorting of the grapes formed part of the quality management process. The grapes were de-stemmed only, not crushed, to ensure gentle extraction of fruit flavors. Whole berry fermentation and gentle punch downs ensured extra care in handling of grapes. After basket pressing, the wine matured in 50% new French oak barrels for 16 months, where malolactic fermentation took place. Rich aromas of cassis and spice with intense licorice and blackberry flavors on the palate and fine, lingering tannins. Optimal ageing potential of 5-8 years.