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Zevenwacht Z Reserve 2013

VINTAGE:   2013  | 2012  |  2010 |  2009 |  2008  | 

Wine Style: Full bodied
When to Enjoy: To impress at dinner parties with a superb meal.
How to Serve: Good room temperate of 18 degrees.
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?
The wine itself: Rich and generous, this wine boasts a deep dark hue and whiffs of ripe red berries, 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.
What about the grapes? 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
And the vineyards (terroir):

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 Tokara until the new plantings on Zevenrivieren are ready to yield grapes.

How was it made: Moderate summer temperatures allowed for a long ripening period producing good tannin, colour and sugar ripeness. Once again 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 and 2nd fill French Oak barrels (300L) for 19 months.  The best barrels were matured and blended.  Two test blends were made and tasted in a comparative blind benchmark tastings against some of South Africa’s best Bordeaux styled blends.
Should this wine age / mature: This wine has excellent aging potential and will develop beautifully between 8 – 10 years.
Technical Facts: Grape Origin: Stellenbosch
Wine Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot
Body: Full bodied
Acidity: Fresh Acidity
Barrel Treatment: Wooded
ALC: 15.0 %  RS: 2.3g/l   TA: 5.2g/l   pH: 3.66
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