Z Collection Reserve 2017 Magnum

R650.00

A complex wine showing concentrated cassis, blackberry and pencil shavings with sweet spice aromas of liquorice, cinnamon and allspice. The wine opens up to more earthy notes that follows through to a dense palate with cassis, plum and black cherry. The wine has a firm tannin that will allow the wine to develop well over the next decade. Sold as a single bottle in a wooden case.

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: A complex wine showing concentrated cassis, blackberry and pencil shavings with sweet spice aromas of liquorice, cinnamon and allspice. The wine opens up to more earthy notes that follows through to a dense palate with cassis, plum and black cherry. The wine has a firm tannin that will allow the wine to develop well over the next decade.

 

What about the grapes? 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec
 

And the vineyards (terroir):

 

2017 was a fantastic vintage in Stellenbosch with optimal ripening conditions and healthy vines resulting in balanced wines with great fruit expression. 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 Cabernet Franc from a higher vineyard – 300m above sea level. The vineyards are on decomposed granite soils and express pure fruit and elegant tannins. The Petit Verdot and Malbec come from our new plantings at Zevenrivieren in the Banhoek Valley and are on heavier clay soils. The different sights each offer an element to the wine that adds complexity and definition to the wine.

How was it made: The components were vinified separately in open top fermenters with a combination over pumpers and punch downs to ensure optimal extraction. Malolactic fermentation was done in barrel and racked once after completion. The components for this blend were aged separately in 40% new, 40% 2nd and 20% 3rd  fill 300L French Oak barrels for 18 months.

 

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, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
Body: Full bodied
Acidity: Fresh Acidity
Barrel Treatment: Wooded
  ALC:  14.8 %  RS:   2.3 g/l   TA: 5.5 g/l   pH: 3.6

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