Z Collection Reserve 2015 (case of 6)
Intense blackberry and cassis fruit with hints of liquorice, cinnamon and allspice. The wine opens up to wet tobacco and pencil shavings that follows through to a dense palate with chocolate, plum and black cherry. The wine has a firm tannin that will allow the wine to develop well over the next decade.
|Blend Percent||74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot|
|Food Suggestion||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?
|Ageing||This wine has excellent aging potential and will develop beautifully between 8 – 10 years.|
|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.|
|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 Els until the new plantings on Zevenrivieren are ready to yield grapes.