2000 Veritas - Silver
2001 Veritas - Gold
2001 John Platter Guide 2003 - 4 Stars
A modern-styled Cabernet with ripe blackcurrant and mulberry aromas blending harmoniously with the sweet vanillins and warm spice of French oak. Layers of ripe juicy fruit flavours and lashings of new oak. A lovely chocolate like aftertaste. Youthful but already accessible â€“ the tannins being ripe and supple. Should benefit from further ageing!
Red meat is the obvious choice here but game birds would be an interesting alternative, as would milder flavoured cheeses.
In The Vineyard
Soil: Estcourt type, weathered granite topsoil on a gravel layer, above a crumbly clay sub soil.
Yield: 7 ton per HA
Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (12 year old trellised vines on R 110 rootstock)
About The Harvest
Full ripe grapes picked on 26 February 1998 at 24.6Âº Balling.
In The Cellar
The grapes were destalked, crushed and pumped into red wine fermenters where NT 112 yeast was added. The grapes fermented dry in 6 days at 28 - 30Â°C after which it was lightly pressed. Pumping over was done 3 times per day. After malolactic fermentation the wine was sulphured up and pumped into French oak for 12 months. 40% new oak was used.