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Swartland Bush Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

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Hailing from the hot Swartland region of South Africa, This is quite a full style of cab sav that shows plenty of ripe blackcurrants, dark chocolate, crushed leaves and plum jam on the nose, whilst the palate is fuller-bodied with almost confected dark fruit flavours, a slight grip to the tannins, and a relatively smooth, juicy, fruit-sweet finish. Needs a chunk of steak for company!

Winemaker's Notes

Dry land vines. Warm summers and cold, wet winters. Limited irrigation, mainly dry land and bush vine vineyards. All wines are aged in one-third new, one-third second and one-third third fill French oak barrels for up to 14 months. 
 

Appearance: Deep, ruby red colour on the rim, almost black in the heart of the glass.

Nose: Intense dark fruit, aromas of violet and a touch of darkest chocolate on the nose make this a typical Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate black cherries and ripe dark forest fruits are supported by bold but smooth tannins.

Palate: Well structured but silky smooth tannin, covered with an explosion of characteristic cassis fruit and blackberries, and finish with a lingering chocolaty aftertaste.

Food: Rich meaty stews, pastas or game dishes. Roasted Karoo Lamb rump and Rosemary infused Ratatouille is also a great companion to this wooded Cabernet.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar for 3 years.

Alcohol: 14.2%



Reviews and Accolades

Red - Still Dry - Intense cassis and cigar box nose with lots more lifted cassis and juicy jammy notes on the palate.
Bronze Medal / 3 Stars - Decanter World Wine Awards, 2013.

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