VINEYARDS: Produced from a single, 2 hectare vineyard planted in 1987. Exposed, “honey” coloured bunches are selectively harvested by hand.
CELLAR: 12 hour maceration on the skins in the press before pressing. 9 months in 225 and 300 litre French oak barrels. 20 percent new barrels used.
TASTING NOTES: The palate has a limey entry and the signature honeyed mid palate followed by a distinctly saline finish which gives length and freshness. It will evolve and mature over the next 10 years.
2016 Sir Thomas Cullinan
Sir Cullinan, our Great Grandfather, founded the Cullinan Diamond mine in 1903, here the world’s largest uncut diamond (3106 ct) was found. It forms part of the British Crown Jewels.
CELLAR: A Bourdeaux blend, fermented wild in 500 litre open top French oak barrels. Matured for 25 months in 50 Percent new 225 litre French oak barriques.
TASTING NOTES: Fruit notes of blackcurrant, strawberries and sour cherries. Savoury undertones of cedar, coco and liquorish counter the fresh fruit. The acidity is gentle but present and the tannin polished with a slight chalky finish giving length.
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARDS: Made from the highest vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon, on a steep South facing slope. A green harvest is done at 80% veraison to ensure even ripeness. The vineyards yield between 4,5 and 5 tons per hectare.
CELLAR: Fermentation is spontaneous and the wine spent 40 days on the skins. Malolactic fermentation is completed in 225L French oak barriques and matured for 24 months in the same bariques, 100% new.
TASTING NOTES: Cherries, currents, violets, thyme, vanilla, tobacco. Sweet berried fruit. Fresh acid combined with a chalky tannin bringing balance and a lightly dry finish.
VINEYARDS: Selected from a single vineyard of Syrah, planted on the only north facing slope on the estate with a slightly warmer aspect. The soils are decomposed granite on a heavy clay bed which sustains the vines through summer.
CELLAR: Fermentation occurs spontaneously in 500L open top French oak vats. After which the free run wine is transferred into a combination of 225L and 300L French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The wine is unfined, unfiltered and no acid adjustments are done.
TASTING NOTES: Black current. Cranberries. Ripe red plums. Cocoa. Crushed black pepper. Cedar. Ripe red fruit and boiled sweets. Mild acidity. Gentle rounded tannin with a white pepper spice livening the palate and bringing length.
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