Picked as late as May 7th in 2017 – surely the last in the country – this brilliant, cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon is a one-off. Leafy, pure and alluringly aromatic, it has a wonderful combination of freshness, depth and intensity, fine-boned tannins, fresh acidity and layers of cassis and black cherry flavour and complexity. The oak is expertly done. 2022-29 95/100 Tim Atkin MW
Main Road and Dignity Our farm is in the cooler Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The soils are granite based, and our vineyards are positioned mid slope at an elevation of 850ft. The cold South Atlantic Ocean is 5km away and acts as a giant air-conditioner. This 100% cab bears the name of its two vineyards, each registered as a Single Vineyard. Slopes are north, east and west facing. Shallow top soils vary from light, well drained gravel to mineral-rich koffie klip (coffee stone). Below this is decomposed granite clay.
Select parcels were hand-picked over a period of 4-5 weeks in March and April. After a light destemming, the grapes were naturally fermented in small, open top oak vats. One or two short punchdowns a day kept the skins healthy whilst the various strains of indigenous yeasts got to work. After a long maceration, the skins were pressed in our old wooden basket press. The wine then went into French oak barriques (20% new), where it was raised sur lie and undisturbed for 21 months. It was then racked from barrel and allowed a few more months to integrate before being bottled, no fining. The wine was then bottle aged for a further two years before release.