This popular red wine consists of an exquisite blend of four varietals – Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Each varietal is hand-picked from trellised vineyards, growing in Hutton and Glenrosa soils. The vineyards, all north or north-west facing, are situated in the Stellenbosch Winelands against the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain at 160 metres to 500 metres above sea level and benefit from the cooling effect of the afternoon maritime breezes during the ripening season.
Each varietal is vinified separately and fermented on the skins for over seven days at 25° to 27° C in closed stainless-steel tanks. The fermenting mash was pumped over several times a day. After malolactic fermentation the wines are aged for 18 months in a combination of first-, second- and third-fill barrels before being blended and bottled.
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