Confessions of a White Glove Chaser 2015This wine started with the 2013 harvest being a straight Cabernet Sauvignon from the Helderberg in Somerset West. With this release, the 2015, I wanted to take the wine a step further. In South African winemaking history, winemakers used to add Cinsaut as blending component to add freshness and length to Cabernet. So the 2015: Mainly Cabernet with quite a bit of Cinsaut. And to fill out the mid pallet: some Blaauwklippen road Malbec and Helderberg Cabernet franc. A really great wine. Fully drinkable now but will only start to reveal its true colours in a year and will age well for years to come. The Story
The story on how this wine started way before the 2013 harvest were picked: Now this is one of those juicy stories where you need to use the exact right words to avoid disclosing too much info and stepping on toes.
So here goes. As a start you have to realize that I don't have a huge budget for consultants when it comes to any aspect of my business. So I am forced to be creative in all areas, including the ways I make my wine and perfecting every step of the process. Vineyard-site selection is where all wine begins, and to me personally, one of my most crucial decisions. At the moment I make many unusual varietals, like Fernao Pirez, where it's relatively easy to get exposure, as I am one of the only winemakers making it. For the last 2 years though, I have been focusing on core varietals, where it's much more challenging to be a step ahead. The Helderberg's been called by some as one of the best places in SA to grow Bordeaux varietals (stuff like Cab, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec etc.) This led to a lot of activity on the mountain and some wineries going all out, really ALL OUT, to identify the right spots for the production of these varietals. Some of them spend obscene amounts of cash on local and international consultants in areas like viticulture and soil science - basically terroir fundis. Being a fan of most of these philosophies/wines produced, I started tracking them. Yes them, there are quite a few. One group I call “The White Gloves”. So where they buy Cab, I buy right next to them. It’s that simple. My very creative strategy. So, “Confessions of a White Glove Chaser”, is pure Cabernet Sauvignon made up from 3 individual parcels of grapes. On my side: A confession that I am a white glove chaser.
A few aspects of how this wine was made changes the style compared to most Cabernet's out there. 0% new oak was used - all aged in small French oak 9 year old barrels for 15 months. The wine was held on the grape skins after alcoholic fermentation for 1 month. From grape to wine there was nothing except a bit of sulphur added. Oh, yes and the label I changed a bit from the 2013 to the 2015. Whenever I change the style of a wine from year to year, I will change the look of the label as well. It is still the traced shape of my 9-year-old son's hand, using linography, but the background I did with oil paint and the font was hand drawn with a pencil into the wet orange oil paint. The wine, like all my wines, hand made, hand bottled and hand labeled - by the colourful people of South Africa.Technical InformationVintage: 2015How to order
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