A wet 2013 winter and unpredictable weather conditions during harvest presented a challenging vintage. However, the subsequent quality is fantastic and resulted in excellent extraction along with full, ripe flavours.
VINEYARDS & HARVEST
The grapes from Delaire Graff Estate’s mountain vineyards were handpicked in the early morning.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine was produced with meticulous care. Grapes were hand sorted. Whole berry fermentation and basket pressing ensured gentle extraction of fruit. A rigorous selection process identified on the best 5 from 35 barrels. The wine was matured in 80% new oak for 20 months.
The nose is characterised by freshness and spice, vanilla pod, dark chocolate and hay aromas. Silky and smooth on entry, the wine has a flinty minerality with subtle tannins and huge length and persistence. The flavour profile is dominated by tangy, ripe, almost over-ripe red berries together with brambles and cassis – classic flavours expected in a top quality claret.
WINE OF ORIGIN
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Residual Sugar: 2.9 g/1 Total Acidity: 5.7 g/1 pH: 3.43 Alcohol: 14.5%