The Simonsberg appellation has been called Cabernet Country, and with good reason! Cabernet has been grown here for over 300 years and produces classic, elegant examples of the varietal. Notes of cassis, tobacco leaf, and Moroccan mint.
In the Vines
Cabernet Sauvignon is our viticulturist’s best friend: a balanced, even-growing vine with compact berries and high resistance to stress. This hardiness gives us space to induce stress at specific points of the growing cycle using leaf- and stem- water potential irrigation, an advanced method pioneered in South Africa by Noble Hill.
Even ripening in the 2011 vintage yielded a particular stellar vintage with soft tannins and a deep, rich texture.
Our Cabernet grapes rarely lack colour or structure, making a light touch the cornerstone of our cellar practices. We aim for a light extraction by gently transferring the juice over the skins twice daily during the fermentation. This wine is matured in 225l French oak barrels for 18 months
South Africa may be defined as a New World wine producer but this can be a bit of a misnomer: our vineyards are planted in some of the world’s oldest soils. The decomposed granite soils that define our vineyards give this wine an earthy, cool and distinctively Old World character. We taste black fruit, cedar, and a hint of spice. This wine should age elegantly and show increased refinement through at least 2021.
Production 31 barrels
Residual sugar 3.6 g/l
Total acid 6.0 g/l