2014 was a warm year with good, healthy grapes at perfect ripeness. And vastly superior to the highly regarded 2007 and 2009 vintages. Picking started for the DNA on 6March (Merlot) and finished on 14 April 2014 (Cabernet). The wine was bottled on 24 November 2015.
The grapes were all selected from Vergelegen’s Kopland and Rooiland vineyards, planted on the north to northwesterly slopes. Row direction East to West.
Grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed but not crushed. The de-stemmed grapes were cooled to 8°C and ‘cold soaked’ for 168 hours. Fermentation took place at 26°C followed by a 44 day maceration on the skins. After malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine went into 100% new French oak barrels for 17 months.
Released: December 2019.
Cabernet Franc 68%
Cabernet Sauvignon 7%
RS 2.41 g/l
TA 5.0 g/l
Accessible now but will reward careful cellaring over the next six to eight years.