|Goes well with||Barbecue, Beef, Cheeses, Lamb|
|Country/Region||South Africa, South Africa/Stellenbosch|
|Drinking style||Soft, round, elegant|
This well-balanced wine comes from a mature, trellised vineyard in the Helderberg area of Stellenbosch. Selected from several vineyard blocks (about 14 hectares in total), the vines are planted on decomposed granite soils overlooking the ocean. This means they benefit from the moderating maritime breezes, plus an altitude of 300 to 400m above sea level. Green harvest thinning is always carried out early enough in the growing cycle to allow for focused development of a smaller yield. 2012 was an early vintage with some unusual weather patterns and a shorter-than-usual ripening season for many varieties. There was an early heat wave, balanced by fewer hot summer evenings than expected. This set the scene for a long ripening season, despite the early start to vintage. Yields were small and the fruit quality was excellent. Our Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed the Indian summer, drawing lovely, intense flavours from the extended ripening season and becoming all the more drinkable. The Merlot is less structured by nature, and we love the way it contributes a softer, fruity element to this blend – thanks to careful canopy and yield management. The Cab, on the other hand, provides ripe tannins, depth and some intensity to underpin the Merlot fruit.