2016 is a fine and beautiful vintage that unfortunately will always suffer from the unwelcome comparison with the great 2015 vintage. The wine is silky smooth and elegant with a long aftertaste. Drink now and over the next 10-15 years.
The grapes were all selected from Vergelegen’s Stonepine,
Rooiland & Rondekop vineyards, planted on the north to north-westerly 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 25°C followed by a 42 day maceration on the skins. After malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine went into 100% new French oak barrels for 16 months.
Cabernet Franc 66%
Petit Verdot 7%
RS 2.66 g/l
TA 5.59 g/l
Accessible now but will also reward further maturation in bottle. Released July 2021