Creative Block 5 2013

This Bordeaux-style red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Pair with slow cooked oxtail or lamb with mint gremolata.

SOIL

Decomposed granite with clay subsoil from the Stellenbosch and Darling regions 7 – 20 km from the cold Atlantic ocean.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful blackberry and currant supported by cedar, dark chocolate and some subtle fennel flows into a vibrant palate with great balance and dense tannins. Taste will benefit from ageing.

Vinification

Grapes were hand harvested, pre-cooled, de-stemmed and individually sorted to remove unwanted berries. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for up to 21 days. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place in 100%, 300L French oak barrels for 18 months of which 60% first fill and the balance, second fill. The wines are crafted individually to address the need of each varietal so it develops to its highest potential. Selective tasting from the barrels determines the composition of the blend. The blend was done to ensure harmony with five varietals and to find the ultimate balance between fruit, palate volume, oak extract and tannin, without losing the intimate quality and sense of place of each varietal.

Serving Suggestion

Slow cooked oxtail, beef casserole or fire-roasted wild mushrooms risotto with truffle oil.

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