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The granite slopes of the Simonsberg mountain are known within South Africa as "Cabernet country" for a good reason. Cabernet has grown here for over 300 years and produces classic, elegant examples of the varietal. Aromas of cassis and Moroccan mint underlined by robust tannins and a long finish.

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  • South Africa    Paarl    Simonsberg-Paarl
  • 96%
    Cabernet Sauvignon
      2%
    Cabernet Franc
      2%
    Petit Verdot
     
  • Alcohol
      14.0%
  • Bottle maturation
      24-36
  • Certified sustainable
  • Harvest time
      February-March
  • Oak
      18 months in 10% new French oak
  • Organic in conversion
  • Production
      55 x 225 liter barrels
  • Residual sugar
      3.2
  • Soil
      Granite
  • Vegan
  • Vineyard aspect
      Northeast and northwest
  • Vineyard elevation
      170-200m
  • Vineyard planted
      1998-2000
  • Vineyard size
      6
  • Award
      4.5 stars, 90 points, Platter's South African Wine Guide (2016 vintage)
  • Award
      91 points, Wine Enthusiast (2015 vintage)
  • Award
      92 points, Tim Atkin MW (2015 vintage)
  • Award
      93 points, South African Wine Index
  • Award
      Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast (2015 vintage)

Cabernet grapes grown in this area rarely lack color or structure, making a light touch the cornerstone of the cellar's practices. Aiming for a light extraction, the juice is gently pumped over the skins twice daily during fermentation. This wine is matured in 225l French oak barrels for 18 months.

South Africa may be defined as a New World wine producer but this can be a bit of a misnomer: these vineyards are planted in some of the world’s oldest soils. Decomposed granite soils give this wine an earthy, cool and distinctively Old World character.