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Aromas of red plum, raspberries and cherries are prominent, layered with forest floor and oak spice expressed as toasted caramel and walnut. The palate has a fresh red fruit core with soft-textured tannins and good persistence. Handpicked grapes, fermented in stainless steel with extended skin contact. 16 months on French oak of 225L. 51% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. Ageing potential of at least 7 years from vintage.
Excellent with rich meat dishes, fried or smothered, with spicy sauces or as a meditation wine. The winemaker advises braised lamb shoulder with a fynbos jus.
About the winery:
Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons is a joint venture between the Rupert family of South Africa and Baron Benjamin de Rothschild of Château Clarcke from France. The common base is the beautiful estate Fredericksburg, situated between Franschhoek and Paarl. Cellar master Yvonne Lester is the constant link between vineyard and wine cellar, and puts all efforts to obtain modern fruit linked to a classic texture.
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