Gentle Giant 2010
The grapes for this years blend were sourced from Haut Espoir and neighboring Franschhoek farms.
Prior to ripening, the conditions were cool and dry, leading to development of excellent flavours on the vine.
The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of early morning on various dates from February to April, and transported back to the cellar under cold conditions to retain freshness.
CULTIVARS: 55% Merlot; 23% Cab Sauv; 16% Tannat; 6% Cab Franc
Four cultivars were used in this blend, using a combination of French and Hungarian Oak Barrels, as well as tank fermentation. Kept separate for 18 months until final blending, it can be enjoyed now or aged further for a few years.
Warm spices dominate the nose, the pallete is smooth and rich with ripe berries and crushed black pepper.
This blend may be enjoyed with a wide variety cuisines. It is perfect for occasions both grand and convivial.
pH 3.71 - Alcohol 13.75% - Total acid 5.4 g/l - Residual Sugar 4.3 g/l
PRODUCTION: 7000 bottles
WINEMAKER: Robert Armstrong