Elegant tannins and lovely flesh balance out its violet and blackcurrant core.
The Gabriëlskloof wines are made by Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum fame, with fruit sourced from vineyards around the Swartland and Walker Bay. A New World Bordeaux blend, Cabernet Sauvignon dominant, with nice fruit forward character allowing early drinking. Elegant tannins and lovely flesh balance out its violet and blackcurrant core. A beautifully put together wine.
Region/Country: Walker Bay, South Africa
Grape/s: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec
Production Method: Sustainable farming. Fermentation in a mix of barrel and stainless steel tank. Matured for 12 months in second use oak prior to bottling.
Style: Fruit forward Bordeaux style blend with great concentration yet nice acidity and freshness
Pairing Suggestion: Roasted meats, vegetable dishes, richer dishes
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Profile: The world's most famous and most planted red variety, displaying powerful and distinctive character of cassis and blackcurrant regardless of where it is grown. Deeply coloured and extremely long-lived, Cabernet Sauvignon has extremely small, thick-skinned berries and is a later ripening variety that does particularly well in moderate to warm climates. It does very well with oak, adding cigar box and cedar complexity. Often blended, it is a variety which demands ageing, allowing time for its tannins to soften and austerity to flesh out.
Classic Regions: Bordeaux (France), Napa Valley (USA), Coonawarra, Clare Valley (Australia), Hawkes Bay (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa), Chile and Argentina
Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the aim to move to organic farming in the future. These are superb wines made by Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum.