The Introduction

Red 2013

Winemaking Notes

This wine is a blend of 66% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Malbec from vineyards around Stellenbosch.

The grapes are picked at a ripeness level to express freshness and the purity. Fermentation takes place in wooden open top fermenters without the inoculation of yeast and lasts for up to 3 weeks. After fermentation the wines are pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation after which they are racked and returned to barrel for further maturation for up to 18 months. No new wood is used so as to retain the freshness and purity inherent in the grapes.

The wine was blended and bottled in December 2014.

3250 bottles were produced.

Technical Analyses

pH: 3.53
TA: 5.7 g/l
RS: 1.7 g/l
Alc: 14.0% by Vol

Tasting Notes

The wine displays a vibrant garnet and ruby red colour.

The nose has stunning primary red fruit notes displaying aromas of ripe strawberries, mulberries and a hint of cassis. Flavours of fresh strawberries, crème de cassis and blueberries explode on the palate on entry. There is a beautifully textured mid-palate and a fresh lingering finish with fine tannins.

Food Pairing

This wine is great companion at a braai before during and after.

Maturation

This wine will drink at its best between 2 and 5 years from harvest.