2010 John Platter Guide - 4 Stars
2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Gold Medal
2008 Veritas Wine Show - Silver
Very intense ruby, ripe oaky nose with densely woven melange of black berries and vanilla; rich and opulent but not overly extracted; broad shouldered with fine ripe tannins and savoury, spicy vigour on the finish; fresh lifted sour cherry acidity bodes well for 2-4 years further maturation.
Elsie Pels - Cape Wine Master
Drink now to enjoy the fresh fruit or keep for 2 - 4 years for the development of secondary characteristics.
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Pinotage
Perfect on its own or with Mussels steamed in wine.
In The Vineyard
12 and 13 year old trellised vines on R110 rootstock were planted in weathered granite type soil.
About The Harvest
Yield of 7 - 8 tons per hectare.
In The Cellar
Grapes were destalked and fermented with NT 50 yeast in stainless steel red wine tanks. 4 Pump overs were done each day. After malolactic fermentation the wine was oaked in 65 % new French oak for 23 months.