Rietvallei Wine Estate > Estéanna Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot 2016
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Estéanna Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot 2016

Estéanna Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot 2016

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AWARDS & RATINGS

2016 VINTAGE:
2022 National Wine Challenge: Double Silver
2022 Gilbert Galliard International Wine Challenge: 89/100 Rating
2021 SA Terroir Wine Awards: Top Red Blend: Robertson & Swellendam District
2021 National Wine Challenge: Top 100 & Double Platinum
2020 Sommelier Wine Awards: Silver
2020 SAWI Fine Wine Guide: Grand Gold
2020 International Wine Challenge – Silver
2020 National Wine Challenge: Double Silver
2019 Sommelier Wine Awards 2019: Silver

2019 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver
2019 Winemag Cape Bordeaux Report: 90 point rating
2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition: Silver
2017 Tim Atkins SA Review: 92 point rating

 

2015 VINTAGE:
2018 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards: Gold
2017 Tim Atkins SA Review: 92 point rating

 

2013 VINTAGE:
2017 National Wine Challenge: Double Silver

 

2012 VINTAGE:
2015 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards: Gold

 

2010 VINTAGE:
2015 International Wine Challenge: Silver
2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition: Silver Outstanding
2014 Veritas Awards: Silver

 

2009 VINTAGE:
2017 SA Terroir Wine Awards: Top Red Blend: Robertson & Swellendam District


DESCRIPTION

VITICULTURE

This Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in 1998 on a northwest-facing slope with a very high concentration of river stone. The Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are both from younger vineyards planted in rich calcareous soil in 2003 and 2004 respectively. All these vineyards are trellised and under drip irrigation. The selection process for this special cuvée already started with identifying the specific vineyard and working it with special care, from pruning right through to harvesting, thereby ensuring a low yield and premium quality fruit.

WINEMAKING

The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness at between 24 and 25 °Balling (Brix) and allowed to ferment naturally (wild yeast). During fermentation, the temperature was regulated at 25 – 28 °Celsius and the cap soaked with pump-overs every two to three hours. When dry, the wine was left on the skins for another five days before racking and pressing.  After malolactic fermentation started, the wine was transferred to new 300-litre French oak barrels where it was left to mature for 24 months. The grapes for all three varietals were harvested and vinified separately, but the process was the same. Final blending of all the components was done after barrel maturation.


THE WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS

Rietvallei Estéanna 2016 is a blend of 62% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. It is a full-bodied, complex wine with excellent fruit and wood integration. Lots of work in the vineyard and minimal interference in the cellar allows this wine to express its terroir to the fullest. Deep, ruby red in colour. Expressive cherry and cassis aromas on the nose with delicate hints of violets. On the palate, the cherry flavours persist with just a hint of vanilla and cedar and a good lift of acidity. The tannins are sumptuous making this is a well-rounded wine which is showing beautifully in its youth but which has the structure and fruit to mature for a good 10+ years.


FOOD PAIRING & SERVING SUGGESTION:

This wine will pair beautifully with rare roast beef or lamb and with more complex dishes of feathered game. Serve at room temperature (18ºC).


WINE ANALYSIS

Residual Sugar: 4.4 g/l
Alcohol: 14 %
Acidity: 5.9 g/l
PH: 3.53 VA: 0.56 g/l
Total Extract: 38 g/l
Total SO2: 102 mg/l
Free SO2: 30 mg/l


PACKAGING DETAILS

Bottle volume: 750ml
Case size: 6 x 750ml
Pallet size: 78 x 6 x 750ml
Case weight: 9.14 kg
Closure: Natural Cork


 

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