Time – The lost element in today’s winemaking, can be so precious – yet it is free. It was our desire to produce a Bordeaux Blend and so we planted the classic varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. These vines were planted on carefully selected sites and took 9 years to reach a level of maturity which we felt comfortable to use for the maiden vintage (2001).
The grapes were fermented whole with native yeasts (true to our ancient custom) and left for 5 weeks on their skins. A slow 2 years of barrel maturation followed and a further 4 years of bottle maturation. Finally, we released this wine rich, classic and complex from age – of vines and wine.
This long wait, justified only by our passion, does bear fruit. It’s called-“The Work of Time”.
32% Merlot, 27% Cabrnet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot
Robertson, South Africa
Harvested at full seed ripeness. Cold macerated uncrushed in open fermenters for 10 days. Punched through 3 times daily. 3 Weeks alcoholic fermentation. Only free run used. 100% Malolatic fermentation spontaneously in barrel. 24 Months barrel maturation in 1st and 2nd fill Sequin Moreau 300l. 4 Years bottle maturation at 14°C.
Unfiltered, unfined, unstabilised
Alcohol - 14.5% | Acidity - 6.5 g/l | pH - 3.3 | Sugar - 2.8 g/l
Slope: very gentle, southerly. Soil: chalk, calcrete formations. Climate: moderate summer with low night temperatures, cold winter. Wind: cool south easterly (summer)