Creative Block 5 2014
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.
Decomposed granite with clay subsoil from the Stellenbosch and Groenekloof (Darling) regions situated between 7 - 20 km from the cold Atlantic Ocean.
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.
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 three weeks. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place in 100%, 300L French oak barrels for 18 months of which 60% was first fill; the balance was 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. Expert blending has ensured harmony between the five varietals, resulting in the ultimate balance between fruit, palate volume, oak extract and tannin, without losing each varietal’s intimate quality and unique sense of place.
Slow cooked oxtail, beef casserole or fire-roasted wild mushrooms risotto with truffle oil.
Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2017 - 91 points
Top 100 SA Wines 2017 - Double Silver