The Flagship Right Bank 2015 - SOLD OUT

The elegance and fruit intensity of the The Right Bank makes it delicious to drink now but with its great body and structure it will improve with cellaring up to 2027.

Very versatile, this wine would complement all red meat dishes or gourmet cheese platters.

variety : Merlot [ 58.2 %Merlot, 13.6 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.6 % Petit Verdot, 13.6 % Cabernet franc ]
winemaker : Abraham de Villiers / Bernard Claassen
wine of origin : Coastal Region
analysis : alc : 14.38 % vol  rs : 1.84 g/l  pH : 3.58  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : Ready to be enjoyed now with the potential to age further for ten years.

Nature is a fickle mistress. She will tell you a direct lie if she can. But, like most elemental forces, on the rare occasions when she smiles on you, magic happens. We can't predict when nature will favour us with these rare glimpses of perfection, but we can recognise and treat these wines with the respect that true greatness deserves. This is The Flagship. Inspired by our successful first vintages of single cultivar Petit Verdot and Cabernet franc we come full circle and blended these cultivars with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to create The Right Bank. Merlot is the mistress and backbone of the blend, Cabernet Sauvignon adding structure, Petit Verdot the fruit and Cabernet franc the soul, all in harmony to create a once in a life time taste experience.

in the vineyard : The 2015 harvest had the earliest start in decades and will go down as one of the best in the new era. A warm August resulted in earlier bud break, after which a warm, dry and windy summer kept vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks. The dry weather also led to one of the healthiest seasons in years with concentrated fruit and exceptional concentration.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested in March 2010.

in the cellar : It took us more than a year to perfect this blend and it shows with fragrant and intense sweet fruit aromas to entice the senses. The wine boasts fine, mouth coating tannins which contribute to a long, sophisticated finish.
The wine was matured for 24 months in French oak barrels of which 55% was first-fill.
Grapes were harvested optimally ripe and hand sorted in our Flagship cellar to ensure only the best fruit is used for fermentation. After two days of cold maceration the juice was inoculated with a selected yeast strain. The fermented wine was hand pressed with a small 1 ton basket press and transferred to barrels where malolactic fermentation took place for three weeks. The wine was then racked to barrels for maturation

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