This wine has excellent aging potential and will develop beautifully between 8 – 10 years.
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
When to Enjoy: To impress at dinner parties with a superb meal.
How to Serve: Good room temperature of 18° C.
Our meal suggestions: Excellent with a fillet mignon with a rich balsamic glaze served with
baby potatoes coated in a parsley butter. Simply outstanding with rib-eye beef served on the
rare side with stilton infused meaty gravy. Perhaps you have some more winning
In the vineyard
Three distinctive sites were identified at Zevenwacht for this blended wine.
The heart of this blend comes from a Cabernet Sauvignon clone 46 vineyard, situated on a
south westerly facing slope 150 – 200m above sea level, playing a big role in the aromatic
potential, the tannic weight and absolute fruit density on the palate. The Merlot is from an
older vineyard, next to the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc from a higher
vineyard – 300m above sea level. The three sights of the Polkadraai Hills, offer Ribena ripeness
and generosity on the finish. The vines are trellised on a seven-wire hedge system. Pruned to
two-bud spurs, allowing for 16 – 18 bearers per running meter. The Petit Verdot and Malbec
blending components are purchased from Ernie Else until the new plantings on Zevenrivieren
are ready to yield grapes.
In the cellar
Moderate summer temperatures allowed for a long ripening period producing good tannin,
colour and sugar ripeness. We had small berry size resulting in dense colouration and high
extract in the wine. The components for this blend were aged separately in new (40%) and
2nd (60%) fill French Oak barrels (300L) for 19 months. The best barrels were matured, blended
and tasted in a comparative blind benchmark tasting against some of South Africa’s best
Bordeaux styled blends.
Wine Variety: 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit
Acidity: Fresh Acidity
Barrel Treatment: Wooded