Time – The lost element in today’s winemaking, can be so precious – yet it is free. It was our desire to produce a Bordeaux Blend and so we planted the classic varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. These vines were planted on carefully selected sites and took 9 years to reach a level of maturity which we felt comfortable to use for the maiden vintage (2001).
The grapes were fermented whole with native yeasts (true to our ancient custom) and left for 5 weeks on their skins. A slow 2 years of barrel maturation followed and a further 4 years of bottle maturation.
Finally, we released this wine rich, classic and complex from age – of vines and wine. This long wait, justified only by our passion, does bear fruit. It’s called-“The Work of Time”.
Vintage 2015 Blend 32% Cabernet Franc 31% Merlot 19% Cabernet Sauvignon 18% Petit Verdot Origin Robertson, South Africa Oenology Harvested at full seed ripeness Cold macerated uncrushed in open fermenters for 10 days Punched through 3 times daily 3 Weeks alcoholic fermentation; Only free run used 100% Malolatic fermentation spontaneously in barrel 24 Months barrel maturation in 1st and 2nd fill Sequin Moreau 300L 4 years bottle maturation at 14°C Filtration none Bottling Unfiltered, Unfined, Unstabilised Analysis Alcohol: 14 % Acidity: 6.33 g/l PH: 3.5 FSO2:44mg/L at bottling RS: 2.5 g/L Terroir Slope: Very gentle, southerly Soil: Chalk, calcareous formations Climate: Moderate summer with low night temperatures, cold winter Wind: South Easterly (summer)
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