Top 100 SA Wine & Double Platinum Award
Rich and generous, this wine boasts a deep dark hue and whiffs of ripe black currant infused with roasted coffee beans, tobacco leaves, cedar wood and cigar box. On the palate expect concentrated black plum and a decadent dark chocolate finish.
This wine has excellent aging potential and will develop beautifully between 8 - 10 years.
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
When to Enjoy: To impress at dinner parties with a superb meal.
How to Serve: Good room temperature of 18° C.
Our meal suggestions: Excellent with a fillet mignon with a rich balsamic glaze served with baby potatoes coated in a parsley butter. Simply outstanding with rib-eye beef served on the rare side with stilton infused meaty gravy. Perhaps you have some more winning combinations?
In The Vineyard
Three distinctive sites were identified at Zevenwacht for this blended wine.
The heart of this blend comes from a Cabernet Sauvignon clone 46 vineyard, situated on a south westerly facing slope 150 - 200m above sea level, playing a big role in the aromatic potential, the tannic weight and absolute fruit density on the palate. The Merlot is from an older vineyard, next to the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc from a higher vineyard – 300m above sea level. The three sights of the Polkadraai Hills, offer Ribena ripeness and generosity on the finish. The vines are trellised on a seven-wire hedge system. Pruned to two-bud spurs, allowing for 16 - 18 bearers per running meter. The Petit Verdot and Malbec blending components are purchased from Ernie Else until the new plantings on Zevenrivieren are ready to yield grapes.
In The Cellar
Moderate summer temperatures allowed for a long ripening period producing good tannin, colour and sugar ripeness. We had small berry size resulting in dense colouration and high extract in the wine. The components for this blend were aged separately in new (40%) and 2nd (60%) fill French Oak barrels (300L) for 19 months. The best barrels were matured, blended and tasted in a comparative blind benchmark tasting against some of South Africa’s best Bordeaux styled blends.
Wine Variety: 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
Acidity: Fresh Acidity
Barrel Treatment: Wooded
Zevenwacht Wine Estate, situated on the beautiful Stellenbosch Wine Route is a modern wine farm with a 300 year history. Owned and managed by the Johnson Family, the Estate has a strong commitment to historic and cultural preservation as well as conservation of the surrounding indigenous environment. Two prime farming locations provide the grapes for the Zevenwacht winery. The home vineyard on the Estate’s panoramic 450 hectare maritime influenced property, supplies the majority of the grapes. The farm Zevenrivieren, situated at the crest of the Helshoogte Pass, provides winemaker, Hagen Viljoen, with a boutique selection of grapes that add to the fascinating variety of the wines.