Powerful and fruity with delicious silky tannins. Rated in the top 3% of all wines for 2017.
Tasting Notes: Classic characters of red cherries layered with herbal notes, hints of pencil shavings and oak spice. A full, rich palate with a powerful fruit expression and silky, polished tannins which lead to a long finish with well-integrated oak, cassis and subtle minerality. This wine is a pleasure to drink from the first sip until the last.
All grapes used to make this estate wine come from vines situated against the slopes of the Dassenberg Mountain planted in deep decomposed sandstone and granite soils, called Oakleaf. These Rickety Bridge slopes are North-Westerly facing. Well-manicured and settled vines yielding 6 tons / ha. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested by hand in small lug boxes.
Fermentation took place in an open fermentation tank at 28 ̊C with five manual punch downs daily. The wine was pressed gently up to 1.2 Bar pressure after 26 days’ skin contact. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and the wine was then aged in 35% new and 65% older small French oak barrels. Total maturation time in barrel was 24 months.
Cellaring - peak from 2020 to 2023.
Food Match : Rack of lamb, chargrilled sirloin or ribeye, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, slow-cooked oxtail or braised venison.
Grape : Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer : Rickety Bridge - Wynand Grobler
Country : Franschhoek, South Africa