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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

  • 89%

    Cabernet Sauvignon

      7%

    Petit Verdot

      4%

    Cabernet Franc

     
  • Bottle maturation

      2-3 years
  • Harvest time

      February-March
  • Oak

      18 months in 20% new French oak
  • Production

      45 x 225 liter barrels
  • Residual sugar

      3.1 g/l
  • Soil

      Granite
  • Sustainable

      Certified sustainable by IPW
  • Vegan

      Vegan
  • Vineyard aspect

      Northeast and northwest
  • Vineyard elevation

      170-200m
  • Vineyard planted

      1998-2000
  • Vineyard size

      6 hectares
  • Award

      4 Stars, Platter's South African Wine Guide
  • Award

      Gold Medal, Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards
  • Award

      Gold medal, Veritas Awards

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.