Rickety Bridge The Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
(R3,899.99 for 6 x 750ml)
The nose is dominated by mint, dark cherry, aromatic tobacco and hints of cloves. Cassis, red fruit and subtle chocolate is supported by the natural acidity giving the wine a linear elegant feel on the palate. Tremendous fullness, massive supple structure which fills the entire mouth, voluptuous velvety tannins that make the tongue feel gracefully coated. Full bodied yet refined. A long and enchanting finish leaves one wanting more.
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This wine is made from an exceptional single vineyard situated against the slopes of the Dassenberg Mountain in Franschhoek. Bush vines of Cabernet Sauvignon which are planted in deep decomposed sandstone soil with underlying granite, called Scalie, on a steep (more than 35˚) northerly facing slope. Spaced 60 x 80cm, these vines yield no more than 1.5 tonnes/ha. A truly unique and exceptional terroir. The grapes were harvested by hand during the first week in March 2017 at 24.7˚ Balling and carefully brought into the cellar crate by crate.
After a short cold maceration period, natural fermentation took place in a small open top fermenter at 28˚C. During fermentation the grapes were gently punched down, by hand, 6 times a day. After 36 days on the skins the wine was pressed gently. Malolactic fermentation took place in small French oak barrels and further maturation took place in 100% new French oak barrels for a total of 22 months.
Superb match for rich oxtail casserole and rib-eye steak.
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