There’s hope for all of us after one taste of this superb Cabernet from the Stellenbosch in South Africa. The Winery of Good Hope really have crafted a Cabernet in the mould of the Old World in terms of structure, but is also ripe and generous in the mould of the New, so you get the best of both worlds. Cherry fruit, subtle oak and spice layer the wine and create an inviting texture before flavours of blueberry, cigar box and spice flood the palate. It’s a wine to open on a Sunday lunch to match with roast lamb.
In The Vineyards: Two prized vineyards, both located on the foot slopes of the prestigious Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch produce this distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon. Rooted in magnificent decomposed granite of the Koffieklip soil type and planted on ocean facing slopes, these vineyards are ideally placed to produce complex, individualistic and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of geological and climatic influences mean that grapes reach full ripeness, at lower sugar levels resulting in rounded tannins and complex flavours at restrained alcohol levels.
Vinification: An usually high level of rainfall during season coincided with an outstanding harvest with regard to crop size and quality in 2014. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest commenced one to two weeks later than normal, due to colder winter and cooler spring but culminating in a wonderful Indian summer and one of the finest Cabernet vintages in decades.
Picking was carried out into small lug boxes, by hand. The grapes passed-over our sorting table, also manually. Pre-fermentation cold-soaking for 3 days or so, followed by natural fermentation on the skins in tank. Care was taken to not over-emphasise tannins or to over-extract but to ensure instead good balance between the fruit and acidity. Elegance as opposed to excess. Two thirds underwent Malolactic in barrel, the rest in tank – to retain fruit and suppleness. That portion was later transferred to barrel too. Very limited use of So2 gave the wine a chance to find its own natural balance which resulted in a wine of individual character. The barrels were predominantly small French oak, less than a quarter new, the rest split between 2nd, and 5th fill. The wines were assembled after 14 months. Further maturation in tank gave the wine a chance to settle well and thus eliminating the need for filtration.
A Note From The Winemaker: The nose shows its origin through ripe, blueberry aromas and bramble, earthy tone. In turn, a supple and rounded, but still grippy, tannin structure effortlessly envelopes the fleshy core of ripe red and black fruits. Intelligent oaking compliments rather than dominates the fruit, allowing it to reflect its origin. Cigar box, blueberry, black cherry and delicate spice mingle seamlessly, bridging the lapse between sips. A modern interpretation of classic values, this wine is another proud example of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon.