Buitenverwachting Cabernet Merlot - 2016

£11.90

Vintage - 2016

Country - South Africa

Region - Constantia

Grape - 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

Alcohol - 14.5%

Closure - Cork
Producer - It all began in Constantia, the narrow bit of peninsula where Governor
Simon van der Stel planted 750 hectares of vines in 1685. The South
African wine industry has had many changes of fortune in the three
centuries since, but this historic estate remains, divided now between five
wineries. Buitenverwachting, meaning ‘beyond expectation’, belongs to
the Mueller family, who have lovingly restored both its buildings and its
reputation as a source of particularly elegant South African wine.

Vineyard - These grapes come from Buitenverwachting’s cool estate vineyards in
Constantia, and were harvested from early March.

Winery - Fermentation and maceration on skins lasted for twenty-one days. The
wine was aged for twenty-four months in second and third-fill French oak barrels, where it also underwent malolactic fermentation.

Taste - Bright, stylish aromas of cassis, plums and pencil lead give way to a
complex, structured palate that marries ripe fruit with mineral nuance,
with a well-tuned, fragrant finish.

Awards - Silver Medal, Sommelier Wine Awards 2019

Category Red wine