Varietal(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottling Date: 13th December 2019
Production: 6 480 bottles / 540 cases
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Technical Details at Bottling: Alcohol 14% – RS 1.7 g/l – TA 5.1 g/l – pH 3.68
Source of Grapes: A blend of parcels from the cooler parts of Stellenbosch. From one parcel of 39 year old dry farmed bush vine Cabernet Sauvignon planted in deep alluvial soils of Firgrove; 2 parcels planted on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain and one parcel planted in the deep decomposed Granite soils of the Polkadraai Hills.
Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were hand-harvested between 18 February – 23 March 2018 Yields: 6 to 8 tons/ha = 32 – 40 HL/ha
Hand harvested grapes are cooled in our cold room then destemmed into tank. Minimal sulphur is added, and no further additions are made. The must is initially pigeaged once a day. After about 4 days fermentation begins without inoculation and the wine is pigeaged or pumped-over twice a day. Temperatures are not allowed to exceed 28°C. Fermentation lasts from 7 to 10 days. After fermentation, a couple of weeks skin contact is given, and the wine is then drained and pressed to barrel. The wines are racked and blended in Spring and bottled after 20 months in barrel.
Maturation: 20 months in 500L French oak barrels; 30% new.
This aromatic Cabernet shows notes of cassis, tarragon, graphite and cedar on the nose. These continue on the palate which has a silky texture and great structure from the fine tannins. The richness and power of the wine are balanced by freshness and finesse. The finish is dry with lingering blackcurrant and blueberry flavours. Best served at 16-18°C.
“Some of the cooler spots in Stellenbosch – Firgrove, Polkadraai and the Helderberg – supply the grapes for this refined, understated Cabernet Sauvignon from Chris and Andrea Mullineux. Leafy, floral and delicate, with 30% new wood adding a sheen of class. Drink 2022-28.”
Tim Atkin, 93 points