Rietvallei Wine Estate > Estéanna Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot 2016
R320.00 per bottle

R1920.00 per case

Estéanna Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot 2016

Estéanna Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot 2016

Winemaker's Video

Download Factsheet

AWARDS

2016 VINTAGE
Top 100 & Double Platinum (NWC)
Sommelier Wine Awards 2020 – Silver
SAWI Fine Wine Guide 2020 – GRAND GOLD
Sommelier Wine Awards 2019 – Silver
National Wine Challenge 2020 – DOUBLE SILVER Award
Veritas Wine Awards 2019 – Silver
Cape Bordeaux Report, Winemag – 90 point rating
IWSC 2019 – Silver
Tim Atkins 2017 SA Review – 92 point rating
International Wine Challenge 2020 – Silver

2015 VINTAGE
Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 – GOLD Award
Tim Atkins 2017 SA Review – 92 point rating

2013 VINTAGE
National Wine Challenge 2017 – Double Silver Award

2012 VINTAGE
Michelangelo Awards 2015 – Gold Award

2010 VINTAGE
IWSC 2014 – Silver Outstanding Award
Veritas Awards 2014 – Silver Award
International Wine Challenge 2015 – Silver Award

2009 VINTAGE
SA Terroir Wine Awards 2017 – 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.

WINEMAKING

The selection process for this special cuvée already started with the identification of the specific vineyards and working at it with special care from pruning right through to harvesting ensuring a low yield (approximately 5 tons per hectare) and premium quality. The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness at 25 °Balling (Brix). After de-stemming and slight crushing the mash was taken to open concrete tanks for fermentation. During fermentation the temperature was regulated between 25-28ºC and the cap regularly wetted by the traditional manual punch-down method every two hours. This together with pumping-over of the must onto the skins allows the colour and flavour to be extracted very effectively. It took five days to ferment dry and was then left on the skins for another day 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. This process was the same for all three components making up this blend.


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


 

MORE WINES IN THE

X
×

Powered by WhatsApp Chat

×