The grapes were handpicked at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10°C to ensure the finest flavour and freshness. Upon crushing, a temperature of 10°C was maintained and both skins and juice were left in contact in French oak tanks for 10 days. Varying from stainless steel, this approach provides improved colour and tannin stability. Upon fermentation, flavour and colour is allowed to develop for a period of 4 weeks before the wine is transferred to 40% new French oak barrels for 16-22 months. The use of new French oak allows the wine to retain certain flavours and extract tannin from the oak, resulting in a fuller mid pallet. By using only 40% new oak, the fruits within the wine are respected ensuring the wine is complex yet settled with great ageing potential.
There are many factors that made 2015 such a majestic vintage. It offers the most exceptional quality, purity and vivid expressions of grape and terroir thanks to mild daytime temperatures and cooler evenings, combined with consistent winds during the growing season.
Delicate sweet spices with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and white pepper combined with black cherry and blackberry on the nose. The palate develops slight notes of chocolate and intense black fruits nicely enveloped by silky tannins.
We recommend our Cabernet Sauvignon alongside red meat served medium/rare.
We started the Marianne Wine Club in 2014 to reward loyal clientele and to build on friendships formed at the estate. Our club members are our ambassadors and it has been hugely gratifying to see it grow, and to see familiar faces coming back to the farm and attending our events and affiliated shows across South Africa.Read more